Apple to invest $921m in renewable powered data centre

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 10, 2017

In a statement published today, Apple has announced plans to open a second data centre in Aabenraa, Denmark, a facility that is expected to go online in 2019. The Cupertino, California-based company will primarily use the data center to ramp up services like the App Store, iMessage, its artificial intelligence assistant Siri, Maps, and others. Apple mentioned that they are expecting to run the data center's operations somewhere around the second quarter of 2019.

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

Since 2013, Apple has sourced 100% of the energy for all its data centers from renewable sources.

We're thrilled to be expanding our data center operations in Denmark, and investing in new sources of clean power.

Apple had planned a large data center in Ireland to help meet data storage requirements for European consumers. They turned away from the use of coal to power up the majority of their data center, thus looking to use renewable energy instead; by 2014, they announced that a total of 100% of its data centers and 94% of their corporate facilities are fully powered by renewable energy.

Denmark has become the hottest destination for data centers lately, with some big tech companies flocking to the country.

The company has made investments in energy research in Denmark as well, partnering with Aarhus University in Denmark to fund research into biogas and extracting usable energy from agriculture. The facilities were planned to be located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark's central Jutland.

The Viborg facility is the first datacentre Apple has built outside of the USA, and was announced in February 2015, alongside the company's plans to build another server farm in Athenry, Ireland.

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