In October Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Enters Agreement with Denmark University for new Biogas R&D Partnership." Our report noted that Apple officially announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy earlier in February. 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. The Copenhagen Post stated that Apple had followed up on its promise to build a data center in Denmark with an ambitious agreement with the University of Aarhus on a new biogas research and development partnership.
Today Apple announced that it will spend 6 billion Danish crowns ($921 million) on a new data center in Denmark, its second in the Nordic country to run entirely on renewable energy.
Apple said the data center would begin operations in the second quarter of 2019 in Aabenraa in southern Denmark near the German border. The center will power Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.
Erik Stannow, Nordic manager for Apple, told Reuters in an email: "We're thrilled to be expanding our data center operations in Denmark, and investing in new sources of clean power. The planned facility in Aabenraa, like all of our data centers, will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one, thanks to new clean energy sources we're adding," he said.
Apple's first data center in Denmark near the town of Viborg is due to begin operations later this year. Apple said a planned data centre in Athenry, Ireland, announced in 2015 had yet to begin construction. "The proposed data center is currently under judicial review," a spokeswoman said. Denmark, a leader in wind power, has abundant supplies of wind energy as well biomass energy. "The reliability of the Danish grid is one of the main reasons we will operate two sites in Denmark," Stannow said.
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