We all know that Apple has promised that its North Carolina data center will be powered by 100 percent green energy. While we have heard the commitment before, here is the actual plan. Apple will use fuel cells to power the data center in North Carolina and while the fuel cells themselves will not be powered by any biogas coming from landfills, the equivalent amount of biogas will be released into the natural gas lines. The idea here seems to be to offset the power consumption by paying for the green and clean energy source.
Biogas will be produced from landfills and this seems like a smart way to go green as well. And hopefully in future firms like Apple will turn towards solar power to power up their data center units and reduce the load on grid power. For now biogas from landfills will be used by the 4.8MW of fuel cells and this seems like a good enough step forward.