Microsoft To Open Data Center Powered By Sewage

The tech company has invested over $5 million into the ‘Data Plant’ in Wyoming, which will not rely on any power from the local grid.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on November 21, 2012.

Microsoft has announced that it will invest $5.5 million into the research and development of a new ‘Data Plant’, which will be the first zero carbon data center. The plant will be completely independent of the grid and will recycle common waste bi-products to sustainably power cloud services. It will be located at the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Microsoft wrote in a blog post:

It provides an exciting, first-of-its kind opportunity to develop viable capabilities and best practices for capturing and reusing natural bi-products like biogas directly from wastewater treatment plants, agricultural farms, fuel refineries, and waste landfill sites, etc. in the future… This project will study new methods for providing a stable, clean, scalable, and economically efficient power source for data centers that could become a best practice for use by other industries in the future as well.

Microsoft To Open Data Center Powered By Sewage