Expansion at Apple site in Maiden

Just-issued permits reveal 'tactical data center,' fuel cell installation

It will be a 20-megawatt facility that will supply 42 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy yearly, according to information on Apple’s website.
The company also is building a 5-megawatt “fuel cell installation” that will be the “largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the country,” the information on the company’s website says. The facility will be directly adjacent to the data center and could be in operation toward the end of the year, the website says. The fuel cell installation will be powered by 100 percent biogas and provide more than 40 million kwh of renewable energy a year. According to an example of usage on Duke Energy’s website, one kilowatt-hour of electricity can power 10 100-watt light bulbs for one hour.

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