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Apple Will Use Landfill Gas To Power Data Center

June 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Apple recently announced that Apple will use landfill gas to power data center in Maiden, North Carolina.

Based on regulatory filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Apple will be using landfill-generated methane gas which will be transported through the natural gas pipeline system in the area. Unwanted particles occuring in raw landfill gas such as sulfide, chlorine,  and sulfur will be filtered out first before the gas passes through the natural gas pipeline.

Sunnyvale, California-based <a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://www.bloomenergy.com/” target=”blank”>Bloom Energy</a> (formerly Ion America) will provide the technology infrastructure to convert the landfill gas into electricity once it arrives on site. Twenty-four 200-Kw Bloom Energy Servers (commonly called Bloom Boxes) will be deployed in the premises to convert the fuel.

A Bloom Box is a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that can generate energy from various sources (liquid or gaseous hydrocarbons) with high efficiency, low cost, and low Greenhouse emissions. The fuel cells can withstand temperatures of up to 1800°F and can continue providing electricity during grid power interruptions.

Other companies like Google, eBay, and Wal-Mart also deploy Bloom Boxes in their facilities. Microsoft, another large data center operator, also has plans to generate power using biogas and fuel cells.

Apple, which will also be installing a sizable solar array in the iDatacenter facility, expects this strategy to reduce harmful emissions while enabling them to diversify their energy sources.

via Data Center Knowledge

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