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Submission + - Microsoft Proposes Data Centres Powered By Landfill Methane ( 1

judgecorp writes: "Microsoft has proposed data centres independent of the electricity grid, built on landfill sites, and powered by methane from rotting waste. Methane "burns" in clean fuel cells, making energy and producing CO2 which is 20 times less of a greenhouse gas. If the math works out (does a landfill site produce enough MW of power?) it looks like a good idea."
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Microsoft Proposes Data Centres Powered By Landfill Methane

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  • ...but someone'll say it anyway. Landfill gas isn't pure methane, it's pretty dirty stuff. Feeding that to expensive fuel cells isn't a smart use: it'll ruin them. Better to burn it in motor/generators that can tolerate the contaminants and save the fuel cells for cleaner fuel.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.