CommScope offers hydrogen fuel cell backup power to data centers

CommScope today announced it will offer the indoor and outdoor hydrogen fuel cell backup power solution to data centers in North America.

The initiative to offer reliable backup power for enterprise data centers in North America reflects the demand of CommScope customers.

This scalable indoor fuel cell solution can provide up to 30 kilowatts (kW) of environmentally-friendly backup power to enterprise computing systems, said CommScope.

CommScope has joined hands with Hydrogenics Corporation, a vendor of designing, manufacturing, building and installing industrial and commercial hydrogen systems.


George Brooks, senior vice president, Enterprise Product and Market Management, CommScope, said: “This indoor solution provides an efficient level of reliable backup power as an alternative to traditional generators or large battery racks that can take up lots of space in the data center.”

CommScope said multiple power racks can be installed to scale in 30kW increments and sustain a variable runtime from hours to days, based on customer requirements and hydrogen tank options. With the width of a standard server cabinet and the height of six-and-a-half feet, the cabinet can fit at the end of a data center row without taking up a large amount of real estate.

When paired with an appropriate uninterruptable power supply, the indoor fuel cell rack can be configured for 10, 20 or 30kWs of sustained alternating current power. The fuel cell solution does not emit greenhouse gases and can be deployed indoors with the hydrogen fuel tank sited outside the building.

These racks are an ecological alternative to battery racks and generators.

The fuel cell solution converts chemical energy directly into electrical energy without any combustion. The system provides uninterrupted backup power to data center and business systems without the need for costly regular maintenance.