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Apple Expanding NC Green Data Center 34

Posted by timothy
from the runs-entirely-on-moonshine dept.
The North Carolina data center that Apple has touted as especially earth-friendly (for having biogas-fueled generators, for one thing) will soon have a smaller companion; Apple is expanding its presence, according to filings reported over at Slash DataCenter, with another 21,000-plus square foot facility at the same site. "Apple also plans to build a hydrogen fuel-cell facility in the area, at least based on other filed permits. That would complement the solar-array installations under construction. Apple has claimed that some 60 percent of the data center facility’s power will be generated onsite. As it stands now, the Maiden facility already incorporates energy-efficient design elements, including real-time energy monitoring and analytics."
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Apple Expanding NC Green Data Center

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  • by pecosdave (536896) * on Thursday July 19, 2012 @02:51PM (#40702321) Homepage Journal

    Why don't we just call it the Granny Smith Data Center?

    Or the GSDC for short.

  • Greenpeace is going to be PISSED.
  • They're using "bio gas", solar panels, and hydrogen fuel cells.
    All of these things are terrible in terms of efficiency when you consider the production of the gas, the panels, and the fuel cells.

    The cleanest, most efficient forms of energy we have today are nuclear and hydroelectric, by far.
    It's too bad the environmentalist morons who don't actually understand the fucking environment let alone a dam or an atom won't let us use them.

    • by 0racle (667029)
      Damming rivers is often pretty bad for the surrounding environment. It is in no way 'environmentally friendly.' Cleaner than burning shit sure, but not friendly.

      Smash those atoms or GTFO.
      • by busyqth (2566075)
        Damming rivers don't hurt the environment at all.
        What it does is change the local ecosystem from one state to another. That is harmful in the short term for species adapted to the previous state of the ecosystem, but beneficial for species adapted to the new state. Neither state is better. They are just different.
    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      The cleanest, most efficient forms of energy we have today are nuclear and hydroelectric, by far.

      Uh no. The cleanest, most efficient forms of energy we have today are solar (preferably combination PV/thermal) and wind, by far.

      It's too bad the environmentalist morons who don't actually understand the fucking environment let alone a dam or an atom won't let us use them.

      Most of the people behind the environmental movement are a hell of a lot smarter than you are. They understand that dams do damage and that nuclear reactors managed by man and built by either the lowest bidder or the largest provider of pork are inherently unsafe due to human issues.

      • LOL Solar panels shit on the environment during production far more than they will ever help during their lifetimes.
        Wind farms only work in few places, take up tons of space, and require constant maintenance and oiling.

        Keep swallowing that agenda, though.

        • by drinkypoo (153816)

          LOL Solar panels shit on the environment during production far more than they will ever help during their lifetimes.

          Thin-film solar PV panels pay off the energy cost of their production in three years and last for 15 or more.

          Wind farms only work in few places

          good thing we know how to move power around, then.

          take up tons of space

          What a colossally stupid thing to say. I guess you've never actually seen a wind farm, have you? The windmills use very little space. The space below them is still usable for many purposes, notably farming or ranching.

          and require constant maintenance and oiling

          Oh no, not oiling! We've only had the technology to do that for thousands of years!

          Wake me up when you have something intelligent to sa

    • by couchslug (175151)

      Green hydro is quite practical without fucking up rivers.

      Check these folks out, especially the antique but highly effective machine tools and power generation components they use!

      http://www.frenchriverland.com/machine_shop.htm [frenchriverland.com]

      • That is very interesting stuff. Perhaps, to borrow your language a bit, they could hire a fucking website designer. Thanks for posting!
    • It's too bad the environmentalist morons who don't actually understand the fucking environment let alone a dam or an atom won't let us use them.

      The obstacle to nuclear isn't so much political as it is expensive. The start-up investment in building a nuclear reactor facility is massive, and the per-kw cost savings of generating power from nuclear isn't so great that it makes the investors a pile of money right away.

      Check this wikipedia article about the economics of nuclear power plants. [wikipedia.org] Here is a choic

  • I wonder... (Score:4, Funny)

    by Scragglykat (1185337) on Thursday July 19, 2012 @03:01PM (#40702441)
    will Apple be gluing the generators to the facility now so that they cannot be easily replaced?
  • Sorry, but that is a contradiction in terms.

  • by Sponge Bath (413667) on Thursday July 19, 2012 @04:13PM (#40703411)

    When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a data center on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that's what you're going to get, lad, the greenest data center in all of North Carolina!

    • by ixidor (996844)
      but fahhhthur, i don't want any of that!!!! i want to sing ..... no no, stop that ..

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