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Apple files plan to build silent power plant

April 3, 2012

Apple has filed plans with the N.C. Utilities Commission to build what is being touted as the nation's largest private fuel cell energy project, a silent power plant that will generate electricity from hydrogen.

Apple filed plans last week to build the 4.8-megawatt project in Maiden. That's where Apple has built a data center to support its iCloud online data storage system and its Siri voice-recognition software.

The fuel cell project will be developed this year, and located on the same data complex that will host a planned 20-megawatt solar farm.

A report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration says fuel cells are among the world's most expensive forms of electricity, costing $6.7 million per megawatt.

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