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8/5/2016
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Charles Babcock, Curtis Franklin Jr.
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Green Data Centers: 8 Companies Doing Them Right

Data center design is trending toward a smaller environmental footprint. While it's not necessarily easy going "green," here are 8 companies that did it right.
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Apple

Apple's data center in Maiden, N.C., combines two 100-acre solar farms with a multiple fuel-cell electricity generator using bio-gas collected from nearby landfills. Fuel cells can use methane as a chemical feedstock (not a fuel) to generate electricity from a Bloom Energy solid oxide fuel cell. In the process, hydrogen molecules from the methane combine with oxygen from the air, generating an electrical outflow plus water and a small amount of CO2 as byproducts.

A fuel is burned to superheat the air used in the process, but it is much less fuel than that used to generate electricity at a steam generation plant powered by coal, oil, or natural gas. Each solar farm produces 42 million kilowatt hours of electricity, for a total of 84 million KWh from solar, plus 40 million kilowatt hours of energy a year from the Bloom fuel cells.  Data Center Knowledge says that's enough to power 10,874 homes.

(Image: Apple)

Apple

Apple's data center in Maiden, N.C., combines two 100-acre solar farms with a multiple fuel-cell electricity generator using bio-gas collected from nearby landfills. Fuel cells can use methane as a chemical feedstock (not a fuel) to generate electricity from a Bloom Energy solid oxide fuel cell. In the process, hydrogen molecules from the methane combine with oxygen from the air, generating an electrical outflow plus water and a small amount of CO2 as byproducts.

A fuel is burned to superheat the air used in the process, but it is much less fuel than that used to generate electricity at a steam generation plant powered by coal, oil, or natural gas. Each solar farm produces 42 million kilowatt hours of electricity, for a total of 84 million KWh from solar, plus 40 million kilowatt hours of energy a year from the Bloom fuel cells. Data Center Knowledge says that's enough to power 10,874 homes.

(Image: Apple)

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