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Microsoft successfully tests hydrogen fuel cell system

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Microsoft has reached a new milestone in its effort to transition its data centres away from diesel and toward cleaner energy.

A hydrogen fuel cell system powerful enough to replace a traditional diesel-powered backup generator was successfully tested by the company.

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Microsoft intends to phase out the use of diesel fuel in its backup power systems by 2030 as part of its efforts to combat climate change.

Microsoft is experimenting with a customized hydrogen fuel cell system that can run on pure hydrogen.

In June, the company tested its prototype, and it plans to install the system at a research data center next.

Most hydrogen today is produced using fossil fuels, but Microsoft hopes to use only green hydrogen powered by renewable energy in the future.