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Apple announces location of new $921 million iCloud data center in Denmark

Apple has announced plans to build a new $921 million data center in Denmark near the German border, its second in the country.




In a statement to Reuters, Apple said that it would commence operations at the Aabenraa data center in the second calendar quarter of 2019. The center will host Apple's iCloud, as well as iTunes, Apple Music, and the rest of the services.

"We're thrilled to be expanding our data center operations in Denmark, and investing in new sources of clean power," Nordic manager for Apple Erik Stannow told Reuters in an email. "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 is still building its Viborg, Denmark data center, with operations expected to start before the end of 2017. Apple will use waste heat from the Viborg data center to heat local homes.

Apple's other European data center will in theory be located near Athenry, Ireland —but it is still facing legal challenges. In its environmental report, Apple noted that it has partnered with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland on "innovative new ways of capturing [coastal] wave energy," and will use some of this electricity to power its buildings.