Apple Inc has recently announced its plans to invest 6bn DKK in a data center in Aabenraa, Denmark. The town is situated in Viborg area in southern Jutland and together with Facebook Inc, it will be a second data center in Denmark.
Renewables as a source of energy
The data center will run exclusively on renewable energy sources which Denmark possesses in abundance, especially the resources of the wind and biomass energy.
Mogens Jensen, Denmark´s Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation, stated: “I am delighted that Denmark can offer innovative and sustainable data center solution, powered by renewable energy.”
Eric Stannow, Apple´s Nordic Manager, also reported in an interview with Reuters: “The planned center in Aabenraa will, as with all our data centers, run on clean energy from day one thanks to new energy projects that we will create.”
In a meantime, Apple Inc has collaborated with Aarhus University in Denmark on the research devoted to reusing of the resources from the agricultural energy. The research has been conducted in Jutland, close to Apple data center site.
“The reliability of the Danish grid is one of the main reasons, we will operate two sites in Denmark,” Stannow explained.
The Apple Data Center
The data center building process in Aabenraa is expected to start at the end of the year 2017 and begin functioning in the first half of 2019. It will provide jobs for approximately 100 people, while entire building process will require employing around 300 workers.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, reported: “The investment success is based on several years of seamless corporation between local and national authorities; the Municipality of Aabenraa, Investment Promotion Association of Western Denmark (FVI) and Invest in Denmark (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).”
Today, the building of the new data center in Aabenraa goes alongside the construction of the new data center in Athenry in Ireland. The future perspectives on the new massive data centers in Europe look very promising since it is so far Apple´s biggest investment in Europe.
Mogens Jensen, Denmark´s Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation added: “I warmly welcome this investment by Apple, which will give a significant boost to the Danish economy. An investment like this confirms that Denmark has managed to strike the right balance between an ambitious and climate-friendly energy policy and a world-class business environment.”