Apple always seems to be ahead of the curve of technology and innovation - so it comes as no surprise to find Apple building a new data center in North Carolina that will run on methane based bio-gas.
The company recently filed technical details with the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Included in the data were the specs for the 4.8 megawatt facility, which will hold 24-200 kilowatt fuel cell systems. Each system will have six power-generating modules.
Pretty exciting is the fact that the fuel cells are run on methane which is produced by animal waste and then converted into electricity. Wow!
The data center plans to begin running in earnest by November of 2012 and in addition, Apple is building a massive 20-megawatt solar array next door.
Hats off to Apple for moving forward in the world of green energy!