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Apple's North Carolina Data Center Will Feature Biogas Generators 68

1sockchuck writes "Apple's North Carolina data center will tap landfills for biogas, which will then be converted into electricity using fuel cells from Bloom Energy. The 24 'Bloom boxes' will have a capacity of 4.8 megawatts of power, and along with a large solar array, will provide Apple with a significant on-site generation of sustainable energy. Microsoft is also developing biogas-powered data plants where modular data centers will be housed near water treatment plants and landfills. GigaOm has a useful primer on biogas in data centers, as well as video of the new higher capacity Bloom boxes that will support Apple's server farm."
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Apple's North Carolina Data Center Will Feature Biogas Generators

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  • by N Monkey ( 313423 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @04:12AM (#39854893)

    I thought "biogas" referred to bovine flatulence.

    A bit pedantic, but cows mostly belch gas rather than fart - so do make sure you connect the pipe to the right end.

  • by blind biker ( 1066130 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @06:29AM (#39855303) Journal

    Biogas generators, as in... cows?

    Biogas generators, as in apple fanbois:

    Zombie Steve Jobs: I have come to you from the grave to give you but one command, oh followers, and it is this: fart into the tubes!

    It wouldn't surprise me all that much, since Apple fanbois constantly fart their indoctrinated nonsense on the intertubes.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @07:02AM (#39855427)

    You peeked!
    Apples new data center features office chairs that look amazingly like a cross between an iMac and a toilet. Apple thinks different and it shows ,when they capture every bit of flattus. Not only that but each iCubicle will have a belch vent. Cattle were actually the inspiration and have been if you've noticed the iPhone/iPad factorys.
    Apple gives to their employees and expects them to give back. You realize they bar-b-q at lunch breaks, right? Mounds of baked beans, greasy burgers, bratwurst, Cole slaw. They know which end to put the fuel in, gotta hand it to them. Macs come out the other end.

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