Last week, it was reported that Apple had touted plans for a massive solar farm and fuel cell facility in Maiden, North Carolina. This would be right across from the company’s 500,000 square feet data center that powers iCloud. It will be the largest user-owned solar array in the United States, registering at 20 megawatts.
Today, GigaOm reports that Bloom Energy, maker of the “Bloom Box” energy server, is believed to be the supplier behind Apple’s planned 5-megawatt fuel cell farm in North Carolina. Up to 50 Bloom Boxes, each capable of supplying 100 killowatts of power, would meet Apple’s advertised 5-megawatt capacity at the new fuel cell farm.
Apple’s new fuel cell farm is believed to run on methane from organic waste, as well as oxygen. In addition, the fuel cell farm will provide more than 40 million kWh of f 24×7 baseload renewable energy annually.
The report also suggests that the company has also allegedly partnered with Bloom for “a few” fuel cells that are found on the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, CA.