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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.

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.

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"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 04:36 PM
Wow. Will love to see how this turns out! We have noticed a ton of advancements in the data center industry in regards to environmentally friendly data centers. I know some data center management software companies are developing software the creates super efficient energy usage from all the racks in a data center: http://www.alphapointtechnology.com/

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