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Biogas To Power Experimental Microsoft Data Center

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the wholly-excrement dept.

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Nerval's Lobster writes "Microsoft, FuelCell Energy and a collection of local Cheyenne, Wyoming companies are collaborating on a project to supply one of Microsoft's local data centers with biogas, in a bid to determine if what we poop can be turned into power. FuelCell and Microsoft will test a small 200-kilowatt data center with a fuel cell that can produce up to 300 kilowatts in a carbon-neutral manner. Microsoft estimates the total carbon savings at about 1,833 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per megawatt-hour, compared to a typical fossil fuel plant. Although other data centers rely on biogas as a power source, Microsoft claims this is the first time a biogas source — specifically, a wastewater treatment facility — will be integrated directly with a data center."

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New CEO (3, Funny)

Nerdfest (867930) | about 2 years ago | (#42042809)

So that's what they're planning on doing with Balmer.

Re:New CEO (2)

somersault (912633) | about 2 years ago | (#42042827)

Microsoft claims this is the first time a biogas source â" specifically, a wastewater treatment facility â" will be integrated directly with a data center.

They're definitely taking the piss this time.

Re:New CEO (1)

chthon (580889) | about 2 years ago | (#42043041)

That was also my first idea: powered by the gas of Ballmer!

Re:New CEO (2)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about 2 years ago | (#42043173)

The bullshit he spews is enough to run all the MS data centers AND the Google data centers as well.

Sounds good to me.

Re:New CEO (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42043545)

Who runs Balmertown?

Master-blaster runs Balmertown.

Re:New CEO (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42045917)

ROFL! Damn it, no mod points.
Tina Turn throws ______ a shovel. "You know how to shovel shit don't ya?" (Replace blank with new Windows' exec, Julie Larson-Green for example)

Fitting (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42042821)

Poop powered by poop. Somehow this seems natural.

Re:Fitting (0)

masternerdguy (2468142) | about 2 years ago | (#42042879)

maybe they are finally giving windows 8 a niche.

The jokes write themselves (4, Funny)

sideslash (1865434) | about 2 years ago | (#42042847)

It almost seems cruel to comment.

Re:The jokes write themselves (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about 2 years ago | (#42042905)

It's Microsoft. Have at it.

Re:The jokes write themselves (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42043007)

It's Microsoft. Have at it.

So they'd be, in effect, turning shit into shit?

Re:The jokes write themselves (1)

phil_aychio (2438214) | about 2 years ago | (#42043057)

I would expect the on-site cafeteria to play a part in this, especially when 'output' is low. Free broccoli and cabbage with every meal.

Re:The jokes write themselves (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42043067)

Yeah, don't try to make intelligent comments. The Slashdot Nazis wouldn't want that.

Re:The jokes write themselves (1, Interesting)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 2 years ago | (#42043357)

Garbage In, Garbage Out.

Come on folks, this should have been posted within 30 seconds.

Re:The jokes write themselves (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42043511)

Garbage in Garbage out!?

Re:The jokes write themselves (3, Funny)

alostpacket (1972110) | about 2 years ago | (#42044103)

I just tagged the story "brown" in addition to "green".

Re:The jokes write themselves (1)

ByteSlicer (735276) | about 2 years ago | (#42046039)

1. Release Windows 8
2. Convert into biogas for use into data center
3. Profit !!!

OMG! They found the missing step!

shit powering shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42048517)

'nuf said.

Breaking news! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42042853)

The new version of Internet Explorer shall be used to power an experimental Microsoft data center!

Confirmed! (0)

operagost (62405) | about 2 years ago | (#42043039)

Anyone who has had to use the bathroom after I've had Mexican food can confirm it's pretty powerful.

I guess it's time (1)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | about 2 years ago | (#42043049)

You can only create so much shit before you need to find something to do with it!

Shit (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42043135)

Shit in, shit out.

Biogass? (0)

jd2112 (1535857) | about 2 years ago | (#42043141)

Microsoft datacenter running on poop... Sounds appropriate.

Don't believe the lie (1)

emurphy42 (631808) | about 2 years ago | (#42043169)

You've gotta tell 'em! BIOGAS IS PEOPLE! We gotta stop them! Somehow! Listen! Listen to me, PLEASE!

Been used for heating long time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42043245)

The Naval Research Laboratory, where I worked for many years, used the methane from the DC sewage plant next door to generate steam heat. Biogas also has quite a bit of carbon dioxide and air in it, so you need a system that can adjust the fuel air mixture as the gas ratios change. There are also quite a few sulfur compounds in it which is no problem for a burner but would require clean up for something like a fuel cell.

Re:Been used for heating long time (1)

mlts (1038732) | about 2 years ago | (#42045111)

This gets me wondering if mixed right, biogas can be used in a diesel engine. There was a blog I read a while back about someone managing to get a mixture of 80% biogas and 20% diesel fuel to work in a generator.

If this could be refined, the usual conventional anti-particulate (DEF, DPF) and some anti-sulphur methods could be used.

Even more interesting would be if Hamworthy could get their biogas liquification technology out worldwide. In liquid form, it would be a lot more useful, especially for vehicles.

Biogas? (1)

nazrhyn (906126) | about 2 years ago | (#42043247)

Am I the only person who read "biogas" as the plural of "bioga" and wondered what a "bioga" was?

Re:Biogas? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42043321)

yes

Re:Biogas? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42043695)

No.

Re:Biogas? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42044125)

Did the same darn thing, lol!

Re:Biogas? (1)

Keith111 (1862190) | about 2 years ago | (#42044831)

Yeah. Biogas is not a word. I re-read the title like 5 times before I realized what it was supposed to be. Fail title is fail.

Re:Biogas? (1)

somersault (912633) | about 2 years ago | (#42048165)

Google to the rescue!

http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Bioga [wikia.com]

Bioga - the third spell on the Poison Magic Materia, after Bio and Bio 2. It takes 20,000 AP to master, costs 80 MP to cast, has a base spell power equal to 4.25x the base magic damage, and has a 72% chance of inflicting Poison

I'm not sure how much base magic damage a nuclear power station does for example, but it sounds like you could definitely use a bunch of Biogas to power stuff.

What's a bioga? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42043251)

What's a bioga, and how many of them do they need?

Next Stop: Microsoft Marketing (1, Funny)

Revotron (1115029) | about 2 years ago | (#42043271)

Just think, a self-sustained marketing department - bullshit powered by bullshit!

Re:Next Stop: Microsoft Marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42043793)

So they discovered perpetual motion?

Re:Next Stop: Microsoft Marketing (1)

Revotron (1115029) | about 2 years ago | (#42044397)

It's one step above perpetual - it's Keynesian. For every pound of bullshit converted to power, they produce another 1.5 pounds. Microsoft Marketing is an efficient and hilarious beast.

Cafeterias (1)

blind biker (1066130) | about 2 years ago | (#42043363)

I know that the Microsoft cafeterias don't quite measure up to Google's, but this is just ridiculous!

What's a bioga? (0)

mblase (200735) | about 2 years ago | (#42043507)

And why are they suddenly so powerful?

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42043631)

It's somewhat tiring to realize how predictable the comments here are.

I wonder how different the tone would be if someone like Google or Apple was going to give this a try...

Microsoft powered by hot air (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42043641)

What else is new?

so basically (0)

nimbius (983462) | about 2 years ago | (#42043659)

run it on whatever powered the zune.

It's made of PEOPLE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42044123)

PEOPLE! Biogas is made of PEOPLE!

New badge for Surface (1)

sjames (1099) | about 2 years ago | (#42044453)

Powered by poo gas.

Waste Queue (1)

smitsco (677534) | about 2 years ago | (#42044655)

Example of Waste IN - Waste OUT.

good luck with that (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42044917)

You still have sludge end product. What you gonna do with that?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sludge

https://www.eiseverywhere.com/file_uploads/b3607c8c4a297fe93b44bcf90615160d_IanPepper.pdf

  (see page 15)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1393177/

http://skequipment.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/reactivationandregrowthtpupdate1.pdf

http://www.e-wef.org/Default.aspx?TabId=192&productid=4102

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/08/mrsa-wastewater-treatment-plants_n_2083862.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15156020

Re:good luck with that (1)

whizbang77045 (1342005) | about 2 years ago | (#42047863)

Microsoft has been selling it to users for years, disguised in various ways.

Re:good luck with that (1)

cusco (717999) | about 2 years ago | (#42048357)

The same thing that Cheyenne currently does with its sludge.

Fartdriver computing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42045717)

Fartdriven computing is the future, not only for big data centres. Those nice plug-in power supplies have been availabe for iPhone a long time.

Finding fuel (1)

thewiz (24994) | about 2 years ago | (#42046011)

Why does Microsoft need poop to power their datacenter?
The MS management should know that there is plenty of fuel: Bob, Clippy, Windows NT, Windows Millenium, Windows 8...

Farting in the general direction of micorshaft? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42047781)

Does this mean munchkins must now face Redmond and fart in the general direction of micorshaft?

Congress is already full of it. (1)

whizbang77045 (1342005) | about 2 years ago | (#42047889)

Just think of the results this could produce if Congress were to implement it. They're full of the necessary components.

Wast heat (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42048265)

Now if they use waste heat from the data center to accelerate the production of biogas, that might be interesting.

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