Apple announced plans for two new European data centers back in 2015, one in Ireland, the second in Denmark. The Irish one hasn’t had the smoothest of rides when it comes to planning permission, so it’ll be hoping for better luck with the Danish project, now confirmed to be situated in Foulum, a small village in Central Jutland.
The Danish foreign minister Kristin Jensen told CPH Post that the DKK6.3B ($950M) project would represent the largest foreign capital investment in the country’s history. Tim Cook said back in 2015 that the Irish and Danish projects combined would also be Apple’s biggest investment in Europe to date.
Apple had already confirmed that the new center would run on 100% renewable energy, but Jensen says that the company’s commitment to renewables in the area goes further than this …
As part of its plans, Apple has formed an ‘ambitious agreement’ with the nearby Aarhus University to fund research into biogas.
Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will provide financial support to the university’s research into biogas and how usable energy can be extracted from agriculture, whether it is fertiliser or straw supplied by local farmers.
The amount of Apple’s funding was not disclosed.
The center will help provide online services across Europe, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Apple Maps and Siri. It is due to begin operations next year.