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Nxtra by Airtel to Become the First Data Center Company in India to Install Fuel Cell Technology to Provide Clean Energy

Bharti Airtel, India’s leading provider of information and communication technology services,  announced a partnership between its subsidiary, Nxtra by Airtel, and fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy to deploy low environmental impact fuel cell installation at its data center in Karnataka, India. With this announcement, Nxtra becomes the first data center company in India to deploy the fuel cell tech to reduce carbon emissions at its data centers.

By using the cleaner, hydrogen ready fuel supply, Nxtra will significantly reduce carbon emissions, bolstering its commitment to creating more sustainable data center operations.

“Nxtra is committed to set new benchmarks in sustainability for the data center industry and play a leading role as India emerges as a leading data center destination in APAC,” said Nxtra by Airtel CEO Rajesh Tapadia. “With an ambition to reach net zero by 2031, we have embarked on our sustainability journey by making all possible efforts to adopt innovative energy solutions. Our partnership with Bloom Energy is a testament to our future-ready energy strategy to supply much cleaner energy to our data centers.” 

Airtel has already invested and partnered with eight organizations to develop renewable energy power plants across India to source more than 180,000 MWh of renewable energy and is committed to achieving 50% of its power requirements through renewable energy sources in the next 12 months.

“Bloom Energy’s technology is distinctly capable of helping India meet its decarbonization objectives as it transitions to a hydrogen economy,” said Tim Schweikert, senior managing director, international business development, Bloom Energy. “We are proud to collaborate with Nxtra to support them in their pursuit of using clean, reliable and affordable power for their data centers.”

With 12 large and 120 edge data centers across India, Nxtra by Airtel operates the largest network of data centers in India and plans to grow its capacity to over 400MW over the next four years.

To see the full press release about Nxtra by Airtel’s expansion partnership with Bloom Energy, visit Airtel’s website

For general information on Airtel, visit https://www.airtel.in/.

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