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From Doo to Data: Microsoft to Build Plant Powered by Human Waste

The $5.5-million pilot project will be constructed at the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Cheyenne, Wyo., the company announced Monday.

Redmond-based Microsoft announced Monday it will build the first-ever zero carbon data center using biogas from an adjacent wastewater treatment facility.

Located in Cheyenne, Wyo., the 200-kilowatt data center will get its power from the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility. The company plans to use the $5.5-million project to research sustainable energy options for future data centers, Sean James, a Microsoft senior research program manager, said in a blog post.

"With the Cheyenne research and development project, we are moving closer to the goal of a highly-available, net-zero CO2, scalable, and cost efficient data center," James wrote. "This Data Plant project will help provide a bold new paradigm for future data center infrastructures that will recycle waste to power delivery of cloud services."

James said a wastewater treatment plant is a desirable power source for data because of its "reliable flow."

"These plants cannot go offline any more than a community can stop flushing," he said.

To learn more about the project, visit the Microsoft Global Foundation Services blog.

Karen C. November 29, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Very cool! We have engineered green data center software that is compatible with data centers or all sorts. The data center industry is certainly moving in an environmentally friendly direction. ITAM software that can be tracked for energy usage will be huge in the next few years. http://www.alphapointtechnology.com/itam-software/

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