In a following up to our post in February about the green data center Apple is planning to build in North Carolina, a few more interesting details about the facility have come to light.
Aside from being LEED Platinum certified and having the largest end-user solar power array in the U.S., there will also be a 5MW fuel cell installation. The local North Carolina newspaper News and Record states that the provider of the 24 fuel cell modules will be Bloom Energy (our previous posts here; their homepage here).
A recent filing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission states
The facility will include 24 fuel cell systems on a single site adjacent to its data center in Maiden, North Carolina. The facility will be fueled by Direct Biogas, a renewable energy resource, as defined and allowed by the Commission’s Order.
Fuel cells could start generating electricity as early as June.