Apple has followed up on its promise last year to build a data centre in Denmark with an ambitious agreement with the University of Aarhus on a new biogas research and development partnership.
“This is a clearly a benefit of Apple’s billion-kroner investment in the data centre in Foulum,” said the foreign minster, Kristin Jensen.
“The partnership is a good example of how our targeted efforts to attract foreign companies to Denmark are producing results.”
Foulum is a small town outside of Viborg where Aarhus University’s agricultural research facilities are located.
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Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will provide financial support to the university’s research into biogas and how usable energy can be extracted from agriculture, whether it is fertiliser or straw supplied by local farmers.
The research agreement comes in the wake of Apple’s announcement last year that it will build one of the world’s largest data centres in Foulum.
At a cost of approximately 6.3 billion kroner, the data centre is the largest foreign capital investment in Danish history. It will run on 100 percent renewable energy and power Apple’s online services. It is expected to be operational in 2017.