Apple to get power from 2 giant turbines in Esbjerg

MHI Vestas' V164 turbine. Image courtesy of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

September 4 (Renewables Now) - Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) yesterday said it will be buying power for its data centre in Viborg, Denmark from two 200-metre-tall wind turbines in the seaport town of Esbjerg.

The site in Esbjerg will be used as a test site for big offshore wind turbines. The two whose output will go for the data centre are 8.4-MW turbines by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. They are expected to produce 62 GWh per year, or as much as almost 20,000 households need.

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The Esbjerg project comes on the heels of the recent completion of a large solar array in Thisted, Northern Jutland -- the first subsidy-free solar project in Denmark. In both projects, Apple partnered with local developer European Energy. The latter, in its report for the first half of 2020, says it has under construction the 16.8-MW Måde II wind farm in Denmark.

In July, Apple said it wants to become carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and product life cycle by 2030. The company’s operations are already carbon neutral, but it needs its suppliers to also go green in order to reach the new end-of-the-decade goal. So far, 72 manufacturing partners in 17 countries have committed to use 100% renewable energy for Apple production.

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