IBM deploys first fuel cell system to power data center operations

7 Apr 2015 -- IBM installed a 1-megawatt fuel cell to provide electricity to IBM's data center in Connecticut. The system became operational in December 2014 and will deliver more than 8,500,000 kilowatt-hours per year. The fuel cell will reduce IBM's expenses for the electricity it purchases while lowering the associated CO2 emissions by over 600 metric tons per year. IBM recently announced a third-generation goal committing to reduce IBM's operational CO2 emissions by 35 percent by 2020 against a 2005 baseline. This fuel cell installation will contribute toward meeting this goal.

Between 1990 and 2005, IBM reduced or avoided CO2 emissions by an amount equivalent to 40 percent of its 1990 emissions through IBM's global energy conservation program. To further extend this achievement, IBM set itself an aggressive second-generation goal in 2006 which set an absolute operational CO2 emissions reduction objective: to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with IBM's energy use 12 percent by 2012 against a 2005 base year through energy conservation and the procurement of renewable energy. IBM met its second-generation climate protection goal in 2012, reducing IBM's operational CO2 emissions by 15.7 percent against the 2005 baseline.