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(Reuters) - EBay Inc said it plans to build a data center powered by startup Bloom Energy's renewable energy fuel cells, a more environmentally-friendly alternative to drawing power from the mostly coal-based electric grid.

The U.S. online auction sales group will use 30 Bloom Energy servers that use biogas derived from renewable organic waste and will only use the grid as a back-up source of power.

Last month, Apple Inc said it was buying equipment from SunPower Corp and Bloom Energy to build two solar array installations to power its main U.S. data center.

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