Apple to Build a New Data Center in Denmark
Denmark’s Ministry of Climate Energy has confirmed that Apple is set to begin construction on a new data center, which will be located in Aabenraa, a city near the German border. This will be Apple’s second data center in the country, the first being a couple hundred miles North, just outside the city of Viborg. The Viborg data center is set to begin operations later this year.
According to Apple, the new data center will be primarily used for running their online services such as iMessage, Maps, Siri, and the App Store. If all goes according to plan, this data center will begin operations sometime in the second quarter of 2019. When the data center is complete, it is expected to have cost $921 million.
Apple’s Denmark data center to be 100% renewable energy
Erik Stannow, the Nordic manager for Apple, commented on this new data center, saying, “We’re thrilled to be expanding our data center operations in Denmark, and investing in new sources of clean power. The planned facility in Aabenraa, like all of our data centers, will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one, thanks to new clean energy sources we’re adding.”
Apple has long been committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible, and their ‘green data centers’ are an important part of this goal. Apple has been leading the way in using 100% renewable energy for their data centers for years.
This new data center may be being pushed ahead to replace a data center that was supposed to be up and running this year, but hasn’t even begun construction. This planned data center was going to be built in Athenry, Ireland, but Apple has been significantly delayed due to judicial review and objections from local groups. Many people have been worried that the data center would cause problems with the local wilderness in Ireland. The fate of this data center is still on hold, and Apple has not commented on whether the building of the second Denmark center will have any impact on their plans in Ireland.