Apple's New iCloud Data Center in "Reno already ready to go online"
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 08:45 am
Exclusive: Apple's initial iCloud facility in Reno already ready to go online
By Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple's latest data center project near Reno, Nev., was thought to only be in early planning stages, but an initial segment of the project is already complete and just days away from going online, AppleInsider has learned.
The new data center, located 15 minutes east of Reno at the emerging new Reno Technology Park, will be Apple's fourth major server farm the United States and the third project the company has built from scratch.
A rapid pace and massive scale of construction
In 2010, the company built a 500,000 square foot facility in Maiden, N.C., that went online in 2011, multiplying Apple's available data center square footage by nearly six over the initial 107,000-square-foot center it had acquired in 2006. Apple was reported to be planning a doubling of the Maiden site's vast structure.
Last October, Apple broke ground on a parallel project now under construction in Prineville, Ore. A 338,000-square-foot building (about twice the size of a Costco store) is now taking shape there; a second, equally large building is planned to join it, again doubling the company's existing iCloud footprint. There's also lots of surrounding land left for additional buildings on the 160 acre site.
The size and rapid construction pace of Apple's existing data center facilities makes it interesting that the company is now planning another large data center project relatively close to it: Reno is just 460 miles south of Prineville.
Apple hits the ground running in Reno
Even more surprising is the fact that Apple is moving forward on the parallel Reno site so rapidly. As the project site was still being finalized, the company asked for permission to begin work on an initial, aproximately 20,000-square-foot structure to get head start on the construction project.
MITThe Little Secrets Behind Apple’s Green Data Centers
Apple is using a combination of solar, fuel cells, and renewable energy purchases to meet its clean-energy targets.
Anchoring Apple’s flagship green data center is 10 megawatts worth of gas-powered fuel cells. Credit: Apple.
Apple this week said that all of its data centers are powered by renewable energy. How Apple achieved that impressive goal reflects the complexity of transitioning to renewable energy.
In its annual environmental footprint report, Apple detailed how its U.S. data centers—the computing centers that serve up Apple’s online services—can claim to be powered by “100 percent renewable energy.”
Its flagship project is the Maiden, North Carolina data center, which has a sprawling 20-megawatt solar array nearby, due to be completed this year. But data centers need so-called baseload power that can deliver power at all times of the day, as well as back-up reserves in the case of a grid outage.
To achieve that, Apple has installed 10 megawatts of fuel cells, the largest non-utility generation plant. The fuel cells, from Bloom Energy, convert natural gas to electricity. Because Apple is purchasing biogas credits from another company, it can claim that the data is run from renewable sources. Biogas is the gas captured from decaying landfills or animal waste. (See, Apple Data Center Does the Fuel Cell Industry a Huge Favor.)
Similarly, Apple is purchasing renewable energy from the wholesale energy markets at its other data center locations, including wind from the local grids in Oregon and California. Its first priority is to generate renewable energy on site, but when Apple doesn’t, it will purchase it from outside providers, according to its environmental report.
Worth watching is the mix of energy sources at Apple’s planned Reno, Nevada data center. There is ample solar energy but Apple also plans to tap Nevada’s geothermal resources, which can provide baseload power. That combination could
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