Apple to Expand the Size of Fuel Cell Plant at North Carolina Data Center

               Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation designs, develops and sells consumer electronics.

 Apple recently received OK to add fuel cell installation at its maiden data center in North Carolina. According North Carolina Utilities Commission accepted Apple’s registration to increase its capacity from 4.8 to 10 megawatts.

               Fuel cells are built by California Company Bloom Energy; these fuel cells use bio-gas from Houston-based Element Markets Renewable Energy to generate electricity. Electricity created by these fuel cells will be sold to Duke Energy. The bio gas for fuel cells will be provided from local landfills. According to registration process Apple has to keep track of bio-gas received and used at the site. Duke Energy will keep a track of electricity created and supplied. This information has to be submitted to North Carolina Renewable Energy Tracking System to keep track of renewable energy earned by Apple.

               In addition to these Apple has built country’s largest solar array to power its data center. This 100 acre facility is capable of providing 42 million KWH of clean energy /year. Facility in North Carolina is capable of generating power which is enough to power 6, 200 homes every year.

               Apple Inc. is one of the leading producers of consumer electronics headquartered in Cupertino, California. Apple Inc. founded

in 1976 and is the world’s third largest mobile making firm after Nokia and Samsung.

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