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Offshore data centers present opportunity for marine energy tech

undersea data center being deployed
Deployment of Microsoft Natick off the coast of Scotland's Orkney Islands. Photo: Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures

Microsoft recently announced a redeployment of their underwater data center, Project Natick, off the coast of the Orkney Islands in Scotland. To power the device, Microsoft has partnered with the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC), a marine energy testing center that hosts wave, tidal and ocean current devices at their grid-connected offshore berths.

Why it matters: This project marks the first time a commercial data center has been powered, at least in part, by marine renewable energy. It won't be the last.