June 9, 2016 / By 9to5mac
APPLE Inc.: As Apple moves into the energy business, it gets approval to turn landfill gas into power
While solar panels and wind turbines are the two best-known methods of generating renewable energy, they aren’t the only approaches. The day after we learned that Apple has become a power company, we hear that it has just been given the go-ahead to employ a particularly cool method.
Landfill gas utilization traps the methane gas given off from landfill sites and either converts it into pipeline-grade gas or uses it to generate electricity. It’s doubly environmentally friendly, generating power from waste but also preventing the release of methane – a greenhouse gas – into the atmosphere … Hickory Record reports that Apple has just been given the go-ahead to construct a landfill gas energy plant in North Carolina. In Apple’s case, it will use fuel cells to generate electricity from the gas.
A Catawba County spokesperson described the technology as ‘the next great energy source that is clean and safe for citizens across the entire country.’
Apple has a major data center in North Carolina which is already powered entirely by renewable energy, using a mix of solar panels and biogas cells.