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

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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14 Comments

1. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

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

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Will someone is making good use of cow farts xD

4. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

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

6. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Vegans

11. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

3. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 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......

5. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

8. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5482; Member since: Apr 05, 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.

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

http://www.newsweek.com/green-2016/top-green-companies-world-2016 Apple #26 Facebook #385 Did you place your amazon order?

13. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 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.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7458; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

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

7. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 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.

10. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1293; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

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

12. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Not what I said or asked but ok

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