Last month, we reported that Apple had touted plans for a massive solar farm and fuel cell facility in Maiden, North Carolina. A report also suggested that Bloom Energy, maker of the “Bloom Box” energy server, was believed to be the supplier behind Apple’s planned 5-megawatt fuel cell farm in North Carolina.
Today, a filing with North Carolina’s Utilities Commission confirms that report. Apple’s 5 megawatt fuel center will indeed use Bloom Energy’s “Bloom Energy Servers”. It is also said to be the largest of its kind outside of an electric company installations. Up to 50 Bloom Boxes, each capable of supplying 100 kilowatts of power, would meet Apple’s advertised 5-megawatt capacity at the new fuel cell farm.
According to the filing, the fuel cells will be installed within the year and will join the company’s 500,000 square feet data center that powers iCloud right across from it. Also, the company has already started Bloom Energy Servers on Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. “That’s a huge vote of confidence in fuel cells,” said James Warner, policy director of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association in Washington.
Apparently, this will also be the home of iCloud and Siri voice agent.