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Microsoft powered by wastewater

BINTECH SYSTEMS

WATER SOLUTIONS

NEW INSTRAN ANALYTICAL MONITOR

A fuel cell power plant installation,

into the power generation process so

recently opened at the Dry Creek

the biogas and fuel cell concept could

Water Reclamation Facility in Cheyenne,

be shown to produce reliable energy and

Wyoming, utilises renewable biogas

move the project from pilot to full-scale.

as a fuel source to power a nearby

The software and hardware monitor the

Microsoft data centre and supply heat

amount of biogas being sent to the fuel

to the facility’s wastewater treatment

cell, the conversion to usable energy and

process. The Direct FuelCell (DFC)

the fuel cell output to ensure that enough

technology was developed by FuelCell

electricity is created to reliably power the

Energy.

data centre.

The project uses biogas, produced at

The technology includes predictive

the facility following municipal wastewater

demand alert capability so data centre

treatment, to power the fuel cell at the

operators are made immediately aware

data plant. Anaerobic bacteria produce the

of any power quality or energy demand

biogas while stabilising solids removed

issues. Siemens also provided environmental

from wastewater, and the fuel cell

controls inside the data centre to manage

electrochemically converts the biogas

air temperature, flow and humidity, as well

into electricity to power the Microsoft IT

as circuit breakers to deliver energy to

server container. The process features the

the servers and protect power supply in

absence of combustion - so virtually no

cases of low or high energy levels within

pollutants are emitted - and the almost

the container.

• SELF CLEANING • SELF CALIBRATING • AMMONIA • NITRATES

• FLUORIDE • SILICA • ZINC

NEW CRONOS ECONOMY ANALYTICAL CONTROLLERS • RESIDUAL CHLORINE • DISSOLVED OZONE • DISSOLVED OXYGEN • TURBIDITY • SUSPENDED SOLIDS • PH/ORP • CONDUCTIVITY

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complete absence of nitrogen oxide that

The project was made possible through a

causes smog, sulfur dioxide that causes

coalition comprising industry, the University

LEVEL SYSTEMS

acid rain and particulate matter.

of Wyoming, Wyoming Business Council,

• ULTRASONIC TRANSMITTERS AND CONTROLLERS • POINT LEVEL SWITCHES • MAGNETIC LEVEL GAUGES • SLUDGE LEVEL SYSTEMS • WIRELESS SYSTEMS

The fuel cell plant is expected to

Cheyenne LEADS, Cheyenne Board of Public

produce up to 300 kW of renewable

Utilities, Western Research Institute and

power, while the data centre will use

state and local government partners. The

no more than 200 kW. The data centre

State Loan and Investment Board approved

will thus operate completely off the grid,

a $1.5 million grant in 2012 to help fund

with the remaining kilowatts delivered

the $7.6 million plant, while Microsoft

back to the wastewater treatment plant

covered the remaining cost.

to reduce its electricity bills.

The power plant began operating on

Microsoft and FuelCell Energy came

clean natural gas in early 2014 and is

to Siemens with specific parameters

now operating on renewable biogas. This

for the project. Based on this data,

project is being evaluated as a template for

Siemens engineered the power monitoring

future potential megawatt-class data centre

technology to provide detailed insight

applications utilising renewable biogas.

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