Apple to build another data centre entirely powered by renewables

Yolanda Curtis
July 11, 2017

Apple did not confirm that the new Danish data center in Aabenraa was being planned to replace the Irish data center, should the July 30 hearing to determine the fate of the facility in the Irish court not go in the company's favor. Also, one more main concept that Apple relies on is the renewable sources of energy.

Expected to be operational in 2019, Apple's new Danish data center will be powered by 100% renewable energy.

Construction employees will total approximately 300, while the data center itself will require up to 100 full-time employees when it is completed.

Apple has already struck a deal, Computer Weekly understands, with a local energy provider to build over 30MW of wind power in Denmark to provide sufficient energy for both datacentres during their contraction and initial operation phases. Therefore, it will power Apple's online services like iTunes Store, App Store, Maps, iMessage, and Siri.

The tech giant, Apple, is looking to introduce its new data center in Denmark; this will be the second country that will be running entirely on renewable energy.

The estimated cost of the project is close to a billion dollars.

"We're thrilled to be expanding our data-centre operations in Denmark and investing in new sources of clean power", Erik Stannow, Nordic manager for Apple, told Reuters in an email. It also looks like the new data center will be larger in size than the existing one.

The reason for two data centers in Denmark is stated as the reliability of the Danish grid.

Facebook is also joining the data center revolution, after announcing in January that it will be opening its third outside the U.S. in Odense, Denmark, later in 2020. Last month, it was reported that Google bought a 73.2-hectare plot in Denmark to built a data center campus.

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