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Apple will return excess heat from new data center to the heating system of the local community

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Apple will return excess heat from new data center to the heating system of the local community
There is no doubt that Apple is one of the greenest tech companies in the world, and it's aiming towards being as eco as possible. Its next step in that direction comes in the form of an interesting way to power one of its new data centers and deal with the excess heat it will produce.

The new facility will be built in the Jutland region of Denmark, and it will be powered only by renewable energy. A portion of this energy will come from recycled farm waste.

Apple is working with Aarhus University on a system to process agricultural waste products with a digester, which in turn generates methane. The methane is then used as a power source for the data center.

A byproduct from this process is a nutrient-rich fertilizer, which Apple will return to local farmers. In its environment report for 2016, Apple said that this is a “mutually beneficial relationship”, and it certainly sounds like one.

Data centers are probably the least energy-efficient facilities in the tech sector, and they generate a lot of excess heat. Apple has a plan for this, too. The company is planning to collect the heat generated by the facility and return it to the local heating system, effectively warming local homes up with the energy that would otherwise go to waste.

Another Apple data center, that's being built in Athenry, Ireland, will be powered by energy generated by ocean waves. The company is working with Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to develop a new energy source, Apple said.

The two data centers are expected to start operation this year, and they will cost a total of $1.8 billion to build.

via MacWorld

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posted on 21 Apr 2017, 06:48 2

1. Tyrion_Lannister (unregistered)


Who is going to solve global warming due to cow farts though?

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 06:53

2. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1763; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Will someone is making good use of cow farts xD

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 07:44

4. pmsap (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 May 2015)


A carbon tax, or in this case a methane tax. The question then becomes: who will accept a (heavy) tax on meat?!

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 07:53 3

6. Tyrion_Lannister (unregistered)


Vegans

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 10:20

11. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 901; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Methane from animals in the meat industry is a huge factor for global warming. It's a smart way to generate power and bring down methane gas without affecting the meat industry. In fact selling this power might even drive down the prices.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 06:53 4

3. RoboticEngi (Posts: 991; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


And so Will Facebook with their datacenter in another Danish city. Omg wtf is it that Apple needs to be so f**king special. They are not......

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 07:45 3

5. Ninetysix (Posts: 2569; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


https://www.amazon.com/Preparation-Medicated-Wipes-48-Pack/dp/B001G7QV5E

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 09:39

8. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3342; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


This has always been the case. When came to light Foxconn had very very poor labor circumstances, everybody looked at Apple. Forgetting all the others were using Foxconn too. A big tree attracts the woodsman's axe and Apple is one of the biggest trees.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 09:54

9. Ninetysix (Posts: 2569; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


http://www.newsweek.com/green-2016/top-green-companies-world-2016

Apple #26
Facebook #385

Did you place your amazon order?

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 17:17 1

13. RoboticEngi (Posts: 991; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


All those numbers mean zero. They "buy" green energy, from other countries that actually do something about the environment. As Denmark where I'm coming from. But where do you think the actual juice comes from? The local crap coal/nuclear plant......hail to "green" Apple and all their disciples, who write alot of bull about them.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 19:00

14. kiko007 (Posts: 4978; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Genuine question: Are you actually this stupid or just putting up a front?

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:52 1

7. Bernoulli (Posts: 4295; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


So tell me again
The two data centers are expected to start operation this year, and they will cost a total of $1.8 billion to build.
So they're beginning construction of these two data centres this year, are expected to be operational within the same year they're built on European soil, and are expected to be able to 'efficiently heat a community '? Either they're small enough to be completed in 7 months, the community they'll heat is only 4 houses, or apple is telling lies.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 10:18

10. NarutoKage14 (Posts: 795; Member since: 31 Aug 2016)


So these people will have the temperature of their home controlled by Apple?

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 12:33

12. Bernoulli (Posts: 4295; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Not what I said or asked but ok

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