July 14, 2014

To advance its goal of using distributed power for heating and cooling data centers, Microsoft’s Redox Power Systems – a University of Maryland Microsoft Corporation – has teamed with Trans-Tech. The partners are developing transformational natural gas fuel cells through a $5 million cooperative agreement funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program.

The elements the partners are going to work on include lower temperature, higher power density, faster startup time and load following to make fuel cells cheaper.

The solid oxide fuel cells will be powered by natural gas (or a wide variety of alternative fuel sources, including liquid fuels such as gasoline and diesel). 

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