2013 Forum – Digestion to Data: Powering the Cloud With Waste "Materials"

05 March, 2013 | Presentation

Sean James, Microsoft

This session delves into Microsoft’s research and development of the first zero carbon data center, called the Data Plant. Located at the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Cheyenne, Wyo., this data center will be completely independent of the grid and will recycle common waste bi-products to sustainably power cloud services. Microsoft has been committed to developing more efficient and sustainable data center infrastructures that support the growing demand for online services since 1994. With this Data Plant pilot project, Microsoft is taking another step in that important journey, while also working to address some of the global challenges facing us all regarding energy, waste, and water resources today.