To power its new European data center, Apple announces a project that will blow your mind. By the end of the year, two of the world's la...
To power its new European data center, Apple announces a project that will blow your mind. By the end of the year, two of the world's largest wind turbines will be built.
|Apple is investing in the construction of two of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines near the Danish town of Esbjerg.|
Apple wants to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, "supply chains included". In the meantime, a new data center has just started operations in Denmark, to manage the European business of the App Store, Siri, iMessage, Apple Music and other related services. In total: new infrastructure covering more than 45,000 square meters, right next to the city of Viborg.
In order to be able to take on such a large and energy-intensive new hub, Apple has just made official the start of work on two turbines, located more than 200 meters high. These will be some of the tallest wind turbines in the world, while the world record holder is located in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, with a height of 260 meters. With its two structures, the Cupertino firm estimates that it will be able to produce up to 62 62 GWh per year.
Normally, the data center will therefore be completely autonomous and will use wind and solar energy (in partnership with European Energy) to operate. Apple plans to connect its two turbines to the local grid in case of a power surplus. The 62 GWh produced by the two turbines could theoretically supply more than 20,000 homes, according to the apple brand.
The requirements taken will also go in the relations that the brand has with its partners. On this point, they are increasingly passing the milestone, like Varta, a German company that develops batteries for Apple AirPods. The company has also committed to producing its equipment with electricity from renewable energy only. In Switzerland, STMicroelectronics and DSM Engineering have also made a commitment.
The data center project in Denmark was mentioned by Apple in 2015. This year, the brand presented not one but two installations. The second was to be built in Aarbenraa, another city in Denmark, for an estimated budget of $921 million.
Finally, Apple returned last year on the subject by evoking the downward review of its ambitions. Eventually, there will be only one data center, based in Viborg. The land of the second one had however been bought in 2017, for a surface of 285 hectares. The city council described the news as "completely unexpected".
Apple, on the other hand, was not very open to the explanation. A brand statement said,
"As we approach completion of our new Viborg data center in central Jutland, Denmark, we have decided to focus on growing this site rather than building an additional data center in Aabenraa.
Source: Apple Newsroom