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Apple's North Carolina data center  (Source: allnewsmac.com)
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 venture, the 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 patents called "Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device" and "Fuel Cell System Coupled to a Portable Computing Device."

Source: 9 to 5 Mac



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RE: Baby step
By FaaR on 2/22/2012 3:01:23 PM , Rating: 2
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Energy is the most recyclable thing there ever has been. Ever heard of E=mC^2?

Sure I have. Have you ever heard of the 2nd law of thermodynamics?

Due to the nature of this universe, energy recycling is either NOT possible, or lossy - and often very much so. Try recycling the energy poured into a microprocessor for example - it turns into heat, which basically is pure waste.

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Even mass theoretically can be made into energy or vice versa.

"Theoretically" does not help us in the real world.


RE: Baby step
By Coldfriction on 2/22/2012 4:46:22 PM , Rating: 2
All recycling and renewable energy is "lossy." What's your point again? The sun isn't renewable, the energy from it comes at a loss to the reserved energy of the sun.

And theories make everything more understandable. Newton's theories on motion didn't only describe what existed at the time, but helped people create more useful things that Newton never imagined could exist. The engine for example. "Theoretically" is one of the things that does help the real world, and quite significantly at times.


RE: Baby step
By testerguy on 2/23/2012 3:23:46 AM , Rating: 2
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All recycling and renewable energy is "lossy."


Don't group recycling with renewable.

Recycling, in the case of heat, light, radiation escaping the earth, is not just lossy - it's actually impossible to achieve any net gain in energy using current technology. If you drive your car up and down the country with your headlights on - you can't recapture the energy you used in doing that. It's simply outside what is possible right now.

Renewable energy, on the other hand, can (and does today) provide massive amounts of additional usable energy (within the context of the earth) which will not run out for the forseeable future.

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The sun isn't renewable, the energy from it comes at a loss to the reserved energy of the sun.


The level of energy at the sun reducing is not of concern to us until the billions of years later when it runs out. Indeed, the level of energy at the sun reducing is essential to our survival. Within the definition of 'renewable energy' - the sun is indeed renewable. Contrast this, if you will, to oil - which will run out millions of times faster. To use your own quote, burning oil comes at a loss to the reserved energy of the oil. The difference is, the sun has far, far more which will last a lot longer.

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And theories make everything more understandable. Newton's theories on motion didn't only describe what existed at the time, but helped people create more useful things that Newton never imagined could exist. The engine for example. "Theoretically" is one of the things that does help the real world, and quite significantly at times.


Your own comment describes how 'theoretically' only becomes useful or relevant when it is ACTUALLY implemented in a practical way, and at that point it is not theoretical at all. Theoretical methods of energy are of no use to someone who needs energy right now - unless you think that every scientist in the world is embarking down the wrong path and that you know better ways to capture energy.

Remember, solar power was 'theoretical' at one point - it's now reality - and that's why it's useful.

Honestly, I don't think even you know what your point is in all of this - you say that society has to adapt, going from oil, to nuclear, to renewable - yet when society does exactly that, you start banging on about the sun not being renewable, as if that has any relevance whatsoever? So really, what exactly is the point you're trying to make? Should all of the world ignore any renewable energy?


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