Apple Doubling Size of Fuel Cell Facility at North Carolina Data Center

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    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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    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.

    Article Link: Apple Doubling Size of Fuel Cell Facility at North Carolina Data Center
     
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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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    We need more pow'r, cap'n! :d
     
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    Awesome. All power-hungry things like data centers should be run on renewable energy.
     
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    There should be a law forcing all data centers to be environment-friendly.
     
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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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    cite:

    http://www.bloomenergy.com/clean-energy/

    http://www.bloomenergy.com/fuel-cell/solid-oxide-fuel-cell-animation/
     
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    Aliens Are Coming!!!

    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."

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
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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.
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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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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    Will this mean less downtime for iMessage?
     
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    I hope so. Seems less reliable lately:(
     
  13. macrumors 65816

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    Now, the last time Apple doubled down on something...
     
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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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    Now if someone could get to working on Mr. fusion....

    The most abundant source of energy could be trash lol
     
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    I'm sure they could run one of these data centers for a few decades just burning discarded AOL CDs.
     
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    I wish Bloom would release the residential units soon.
     
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    Those arent fuel cells, that's the new Mac Pro design :p

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    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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    Says the SUV driver. ;-)

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    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
    a) i'm blind
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    b) your assertion that “Al Gore makes a few bucks” is unfounded.

    This is probably a case of:
    H.A.T.E.R.S. = Having Anger Towards Everyone Reaching Success!

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    Sure! ;-)
     
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    I think they avoid additional costly, long and inefficient power lines. Apples NC data center needs 20 Megawatt of power.
     
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    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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    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 things should be run on renewable energy."


    Fixed that for you.
     

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