07 Dec '12, 1pm

Apple to expand fuel cell facility for data centre

If the plans submitted to the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) are approved, the facility, which serves Apple’s Maiden data centre, will be the largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the U.S. - a crown which it briefly lost to ebay's 6 MW facility in Utah - also fuelled by landfill gas. In total the data centre will draw around 20 MW of power at full capacity, of which it will produce some 60% on-site. The recently completed Maiden data centre will utilise biogas to offset natural gas use and Apple states that the commissioning of the facility is part of its commitment to reduce the company’s environmental impact through energy efficient, green building design. The building is already extremely energy efficient and has earned a coveted LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council . The biogas plant is located adjacent t...

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