COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins Inc.’s foray into alternative energy solutions for customers is gaining steam.

The Columbus-based global power company, best known for making diesel engines, on Wednesday with partners Microsoft and McKinstry announced the opening of their new Advanced Energy Lab in Seattle.

The lab’s purpose is to demonstrate independence from the traditional electrical grid by integrating fuel cells directly into the 20-rack data center.

The Advanced Energy Lab uses natural gas to power its servers, but in the future it also could use hydrogen or renewable gases, said Gary Johansen, executive director of engineering for Cummins’ Power Systems business.

“This is another step in our journey to develop greater efficiency, reliability and sustainability for our customers,” Johansen said.

Please read Thursday’s edition of The Republic for more information.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at johannesen@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5639.