By Rachel Connolly
The US tech giant has announced plans to build a second green energy data centre in Denmark
On July 10, Apple confirmed plans to build a second data centre in southern Denmark by 2019. The centre will be powered entirely by renewable methods, in keeping with Apple’s drive to maintain 100 precent green energy production across its fleet of global data centres.
As the use of online services has exploded, the need to build centres to house and process vast quantities of internet data has become increasingly pressing. Despite data housing provision still being a relatively young business concept, Denmark is already emerging as the European frontrunner in the sector. This reputation was reinforced in April, as Facebook announced it would build its first centre outside of the US in Denmark.
With construction already underway on Apple’s first centre in the country – and repeated delays hampering the company’s planned project on the Irish coast – Denmark is likely to be the only European country to house an Apple centre in the near future. Once completed, the centres will power Apple’s online services (such as iTunes and Maps) for customers across Europe.
“The data centres will use the methane gas expelled by local agricultural waste to produce electricity.”