Graduation Semester and Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

First Advisor

Dereje Agonafer


Data centers have become the lynchpin of the modern economy - from the small to medium-sized organizations, to the enterprise data centers that operates American corporations and the server farms that operate cloud-computing services accommodated by Facebook, Amazon, Google, and others. The booming of cloud storage, extensive data analysis, e-commerce, and internet traffic is also making data centers one of the rapidly growing clients of electricity in developing countries, and one of the key drivers in the construction of new power plants. Key researches are carried out for sustainable development of power usage in data centers. Fuel cells have gone forth as one of the rapidly growing substitute power sources over the period of time. Whereas the 19th century was the century of the steam engine and the 20th century was the century of the internal combustion engine, it is potential that the 21st century will be the century of the fuel cell. The fuel cell is changing the human view of producing power itself. Fuel cells can use hydrogen as a fuel, giving out cleaner, sustainable electrical power in the world. In this research, a fuel cell is designed that can potentially provide power for a rack of servers as a primary power source. Fuel cell parameters are calculated using various thermodynamic and mathematical equations. Hydrogen (fuel) supply is needed continuously for the fuel cell to work endlessly. Solar energy is utilized to produce hydrogen at a higher rate than the need of fuel cell. ZnO/Zn water-splitting thermochemical cycle is developed in order to satisfy the objectives.


Aerospace Engineering | Engineering | Mechanical Engineering


Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington