Denmark: Apple funds biogas research

Aarhus University and Apple join forces to develop biogas production data centres.

Danish University of Aarhus and US tech giant Apple entered into agreement to establish a biogas research and development programme.

In February 2015, Apple announced the intent of building two data centres in Europe, entirely powered by renewable energy. The budget of €1.7 billion will be invested into facilities in Athenry, Ireland and Foulum, Denmark where Aarhus University has an agricultural research base.

Denmark’s Foreign Minister Kristin Jensen said: “This is a clearly a benefit of Apple’s billion-krona investment in the data centre in Foulum. This partnership is a good example of how our targeted efforts to attract foreign companies to Denmark are producing results.”

Apple will provide financial support to the university’s research into biogas and how usable energy can be extracted from agriculture, whether in the form of fertiliser or straw supplied by local farmers.

This will be Apple’s biggest project in Europe, and the company will provide the financial support to the research conducted by the university. Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet.”

Apple is aiming to improve its environmentally friendly agenda and has set up programmes and audits in order to get its suppliers to reduce their environmental impact.

Source: Bioenergy Insight

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