Last February Apple officially announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The facilities were planned to be located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark's central Jutland. Apple noted that the centers would power Apple's online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe. Today the Copenhagen Post reports today that "Apple has followed up on its promise last year to build a data center in Denmark with an ambitious agreement with the University of Aarhus on a new biogas research and development partnership."
In addition, we now know that beyond the general area of "central Jutland" Apple's facility was built in Foulum, a small town of about 100 households outside of Viborg where Aarhus University's agricultural research facilities are located.
Foreign minster, Kristin Jensen stated that "This is a clearly a benefit of Apple's billion-kroner investment in the data centre in Foulum. The partnership is a good example of how our targeted efforts to attract foreign companies to Denmark are producing results."
Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will provide financial support to the university's research into biogas and how usable energy can be extracted from agriculture, whether it is fertilizer or straw supplied by local farmers.
At a cost of approximately 6.3 billion kroner, the data center that will be opened next year will be the largest foreign capital investment in Danish history.
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