Apple Report Describes New 100-Acre, 20-Megawatt Data Center in North Carolina As Largest in U.S.
February 21, 2012 9:30 AM
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Apple's North Carolina data center
Apple's report also details its electricity consumption and green efforts over the last year
Apple has made some considerable green contributions to the renewable energy effort recently, including the company's Maiden, North Carolina data center, which will feature the U.S.'
largest end user-owned, onsite solar array
According to Apple's 2012 Facilities Report and Environmental Update, which describes the company's energy savings and environmental footprint in Apple stores, data centers and R&D buildings, solar power will become a huge part of its Maiden, North Carolina data center. In fact, Apple is out to build the largest end user-owned solar array in the nation.
The onsite solar array surrounding the facility will be approximately 100 acres. It will be a 20-megawatt facility that will generate about 42 million kWh of clean energy on an annual basis. Next to it will be the largest non-utility fuel cell installation in the U.S. as well, which will be a 5-megawatt facility generating 40 million kWh of 24x7 baseload of renewable energy annually.
The data center has already received some attention from the U.S. Green Building Council, which gave it LEED Platinum certification. Apple also mentioned that no other data center of its size has been awarded such a high level of LEED certification.
In addition to the Maiden,
North Carolina data center
, Apple has been making other green efforts to reduce its negative environmental impact. In 2011 alone, Apple consumed 493 million kWh of electricity as well as 3 million therms of natural gas. According to the report, Apple used renewable energy efforts to escape about 30 million kilograms of CO2e emissions. It has also managed to convert 54 million kWh of consumption annually to renewable energy in facilities around the world.
Apple seems to be joining the likes of other tech giants like Google, which has invested in many renewable energy initiatives such as a
$75 million residential solar panel
world's largest wind farm
, and a $168 million investment in the
Ivanpah solar electric generating system
In December 2011, Apple patent applications described
two new fuel cell-powered mobile device
"Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device" and "Fuel Cell System Coupled to a Portable Computing Device."
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RE: Baby step
2/21/2012 11:49:04 AM
Agree with Annihilator, while resources can be re-harvested, they can't necessarily be re-harvested in time to produce energy. Oil is a good example of this. It cannot be recycled.
The whole quest for renewable energy is to move away from energy sources which aren't renewable enough to sustain current demand, such as Coal, Oil, Gas - and instead move to Solar / Wind / Wave energy - which are.
If the economy does not adjust to said renewable energies in time before the limited resources run out the economy would clearly be adversely affected. The chances are that this will be a gradual effect and since alternatives are already in place we may never hit that point - but we will never hit that point precisely because of projects like this which focus on renewable energy.
RE: Baby step
2/21/2012 12:02:43 PM
Can motor oil be recycled—and how?
Franceschi: Yes, oil can be recycled.
RE: Baby step
2/21/2012 12:15:08 PM
Not when it's being used for energy, no.
You're referring to lubricants.
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