Apple has announced new initiatives to improve its energy efficiency. In particular, 110 of its partners are committed to using 100% renewable energy for their production intended for Apple, ie the equivalent of 15 million CO2 equivalent per year; Apple says it’s like taking 3.4 million cars off the world’s roads.
Apple also presented a new energy storage project for its 130-megawatt California Flats solar farm, which produces all of the renewable energy used for its operations in California, where its headquarters are located. Apple will use a lot of batteries to store 240 megawatt-hours of energy, the equivalent of consuming 7,000 homes in a day. The idea is simple: store the excess energy produced during the day to restore it during the night.
Apple California Flats Solar Farm
Note, for all practical purposes, that Apple’s press release is dated March 31 and not April 1. Because the subject is thickening with an indiscretion published by The Verge: the batteries used by Apple are Megapack models produced by Tesla! Gigantic models intended for this kind of use: they are the size of a container. This project would be one of the largest in the United States.
“The challenge with clean energy – solar and wind – is that it is by definition intermittent. If we can do it, and show that it works for us, we can remove all the fears about intermittency and help the network in terms of stabilization. It is something that can be emulated and improved by other companies ”Lisa Jackson told Reuters. Apple would opt for 85 Megapacks of 60 megawatts and would therefore do business with Elon Musk’s company, a first since Tim Cook’s alleged refusal to receive it for a potential takeover. From there to imagine a potential rapprochement on the automotive side, there is only one step that we will not take for the moment!
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