Bharti Airtel’s subsidiary Nxtra Data Limited announced a collaboration with Bloom Energy to install low environmental impact fuel cells at its Karnataka data centre. This move will help the company in reducing carbon emissions through a cleaner, hydrogen-ready fuel supply. Nxtra will be developing country’s first data centre company to use fuel cell technology to reduce carbon emissions while gaining cost and sustainability benefits.
Nxtra intends to start the unit on non-combusted natural gas and then transition to 50 per cent hydrogen in the future with minimal investment. The natural gas-powered cells will be used for primary generation with backup sources including the utility electrical grid and generators.
With an objective of achieving net zero by 2031, Airtel has begun its sustainability journey by making every effort to implement innovative energy solutions. Nxtra by Airtel has the largest network of data centers in India with 12 large and 120 edge data centers across the country and will invest over Rs 50 billion over the next four years to expand its capacity three times to over 400 MW. The company has already invested and partnered with 8 organisations to develop renewable energy power plants across India to source more than 180,000 MWh of renewable energy and is committed to achieving 50 per cent of its power requirements through renewable energy sources in the next 12 months.