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Old Dec 4, 2012, 02:36 PM   #1
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Apple Doubling Size of Fuel Cell Facility at North Carolina Data Center




The Charlotte Observer reports that Apple has filed plans to double the size of its fuel cell facility at its data center in Maiden, North Carolina to 10 megawatts.
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Fifty fuel cells adjacent to its $1 billion data center in Maiden are expected to be operating by January, Apple said in papers filed with the N.C. Utilities Commission. It will be fueled by "directed biogas" in which cleaned methane gas from a landfill is injected into a natural gas pipeline. [...]

California-based Apple says the initial 4.8-megawatt phase in Maiden began start-up and testing in October. In November it applied for an amended state permit to increase the project's size.
Fuel cells at Apple's corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California
In North Carolina, Apple is combining its fuel cell facility with two massive solar farms to help achieve the company's goal of using 100% renewable energy at all of its data centers. At its originally planned 4.8-megwatt capacity, Apple's fuel cell facility in North Carolina was already said to be the largest in the United States not owned by a utility company.

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Old Dec 4, 2012, 02:39 PM   #2
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Those fuel cells actually look very Apple-like. iCell! Also, great to know they are fuelling it with biogas, much better for the environment than solar and natural gas.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 02:54 PM   #4
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Awesome. All power-hungry things like data centers should be run on renewable energy.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 02:55 PM   #5
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There should be a law forcing all data centers to be environment-friendly.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 02:55 PM   #6
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Methane is the most abundant uncollected or wasted energy source on the planet. That way no matter the source these fuel cells can use them. Recovering methane from landfills is a solution waiting for a need and thus is seen as "very green" in this political environment (Solyndra, etc.). No matter the source methane is among the most green and efficient and available fuel sources.

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I can't wait for the Jesse Ventura conspiracy show on how Apple and its fuel cell facilities are going to take over the world, with the help of "skinwalker" aliens and magnate Robert Bigelow.

"What the heck are they building there? A gateway portal to another dimension?! And we ask questions, and all we get are straight answers? Something smells funny here."

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In other news Greenpeace is still extremely unhappy with Apple...
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So Apple is Doubling Down on Fuel Cell.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 03:16 PM   #10
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And Al Gore makes a few bucks

Must be nice to sit on a board you get to sell your green energy products to. Conflict of Interest?
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 03:21 PM   #11
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Will this mean less downtime for iMessage?
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Will this mean less downtime for iMessage?
I hope so. Seems less reliable lately
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Now, the last time Apple doubled down on something...
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 03:45 PM   #14
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in all seriousness, I'm glad to see Apple doing this. What's good for the environment is good for EVERYBODY
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 03:53 PM   #15
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Now if someone could get to working on Mr. fusion....

The most abundant source of energy could be trash lol
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Now if someone could get to working on Mr. fusion....

The most abundant source of energy could be trash lol
I'm sure they could run one of these data centers for a few decades just burning discarded AOL CDs.
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Those fuel cells actually look very Apple-like. iCell! Also, great to know they are fuelling it with biogas, much better for the environment than solar and natural gas.
Those arent fuel cells, that's the new Mac Pro design

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Will this mean less downtime for iMessage?
Nope. More power and more servers in the same place will not fix that issue. Apple needs to get themselves a real cloud - not a fake one. Only that will fix iMessage and Facetime reliability.
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Is this due to increased load demands at the data center, or was this fueled (pardon the pun) by post-Sandy worries about uptime in the face of increasingly severe storms?
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There should be a law forcing all data centers to be environment-friendly.
Says the SUV driver. ;-)

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I can't wait for the Jesse Ventura conspiracy show on how Apple and its fuel cell facilities are going to take over the world, with the help of "skinwalker" aliens and magnate Robert Bigelow.

"What the heck are they building there? A gateway portal to another dimension?! And we ask questions, and all we get are straight answers? Something smells funny here."

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Must be nice to sit on a board you get to sell your green energy products to. Conflict of Interest?
Where do you see Al Gore?

Here?
http://www.bloomenergy.com/about/board-of-directors/

Or here?
http://www.elementmarkets.com/management-team.php

I cannot find him on these pages. This means either
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Those arent fuel cells, that's the new Mac Pro design
Sure! ;-)
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Is this due to increased load demands at the data center, or was this fueled (pardon the pun) by post-Sandy worries about uptime in the face of increasingly severe storms?
I think they avoid additional costly, long and inefficient power lines. Apples NC data center needs 20 Megawatt of power.
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Is this due to increased load demands at the data center, or was this fueled (pardon the pun) by post-Sandy worries about uptime in the face of increasingly severe storms?
Probably just trying to offset as much load as possible so they don't have to buy as much from Duke Energy.

That and the redundancy will help when they have to take one of the installations offline for maintenance or other reasons.
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Awesome. All power-hungry things like data centers should be run on renewable energy.
I find this to be a pointless statement. All electricity is the same and all things use electricity. There are many more houses than data centers, therefore I think all houses should run on renewable energy.
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All power-hungry things like data centers should be run on renewable energy.
"All things should be run on renewable energy."


Fixed that for you.
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