Apple to build second data centre in Denmark

The reliability of the country’s grid has been the leading factor for locating its data centre in the country. The data centre will service Apple’s European customers.

Apple Inc has disclosed it be spending $921 million (6 billion Danish crowns) on a new data centre in Denmark, it’s second in the Nordic country to run entirely on renewable energy.

In January, Facebook Inc had announced its plans on building a data centre in Denmark, its third outside the United States.

Apple has stated, it expects the data centre located in Aabenraa, southern Denmark near the German border, to begin operations sometime in the second quarter of 2019. It will power its online services, including iMessage, iTunes Store, Maps, App Store and Siri for customer across Europe.

“We’re thrilled to be expanding our data center operations in Denmark, and investing in new sources of clean power,” said Erik Stannow, Apple’s Nordic manager. “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’s first data centre in Denmark is scheduled to begin operations later this year.

Its data centre in Athenry, Ireland, which it announced in 2015, has yet to begin construction.

“The proposed data center is currently under judicial review,” said a spokeswoman for the company.

Incidentally, Denmark is a leader in wind energy and generates abundant energy supplies from biomass as well as from wind energy.

“The reliability of the Danish grid is one of the main reasons we will operate two sites in Denmark,” said Stannow.

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