eBay powers Utah data center with clean energy

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — E-commerce giant eBay Inc. is doubling up a data center in South Jordan and deploying new technology to power it.

San Jose, Calif.-based eBay is opening a new addition at the data center and using Bloom energy cells that convert natural gas into electricity without combustion.

The company plans to generate even more electricity off-site by capturing the waste heat of a nearby natural-gas compressor station, in a partnership with geothermal company Ormat. That power plant will be operating in about 18 months.

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Computer servers at eBay’s data center capture online transactions for eBay’s auction marketplace and other business lines including PayPal and event ticketing service StubHub.

The company recently opened a customer service center in nearby Draper where it employs 1,800 people. Another 60 work at the data center.

eBay dedicated the expanded data center on Thursday.