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Areva inaugurates world'’s first hydrogen backup power system for data centres

Thu, 11/15/2012 - 17:35 -- Ruth Williams

Hélion, the Areva subsidiary specialised in the use of hydrogen and energy storage, and its partner Modul’Data Center have inaugurated in France the world’s first backup power system connected to a data centre and working with a fuel cell in France.

With a power rating of 30 kW and based on innovative fuel cell technology, the electrical back-up power system, which is located at one of Modul’Data Center’s data centres, has many benefits to offer says French nuclear reactor vendor Areva.

Jérôme Gosset, President of AREVA’s Hydrogen and Energy Storage subsidiary, said: “This solution showcases our expertise in the manufacturing of reliable equipment for industrial use and in our ability to master an innovative technology which reduces the environmental impact of data centres. This world première potentially paves the way to a whole new market, that of green IT, which is now opening up for fuel cell-based solutions.”