Apple plans to build a massive fuel cell facility in North Carolina to accompany the data center that powers iCloud. The company revealed its plans as part of a filing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission and was first reported by the Greensboro News & Observer, which noted over the weekend that the project will be the “national’s largest such project not built by an electric utility company.”
The fuel cell project will be built in Maiden, NC, near the company’s existing data center and in the same complex as Apple’s 171-acre solar farm. “[Apple’s] facility will consist of 24 fuel cell modules. It will extract hydrogen from natural gas supplied by Piedmont Natural Gas,” wrote the News & Observer.