Aerial photos of Apple’s ‘Area i51′ construction zone
Located at Apple’s “Area i51″, Maiden, North Carolina, where the company’s iCloud service is located, you’ll find new construction going — along with more Apple rumors.
Could it be the new location for injured Foxconn employees? Or maybe its Apple’s new space program for leaving planet earth? Hey, it could happen — aliens need iPads too, you know. Rumors, of course, have suggested the new constuctions is for the company’s 24-200 kilowatt fuel cell system, and might be finished as early as June, 2012.
Wired magazine took to the sky to get a better look at the ongoing construction. “These overhead photos — captured last month — show Apple’s $1 billion data center and two adjacent areas where Apple has started new construction. Rumors have suggested that Apple is building a second data center beside the first, but judging from these photos — and county building permits — it appears that this is not the case. In all likelihood, the two construction areas will house the new-age biogas fuel cell plant and the massive solar array Apple will use to help power the original facility.” said Robert McMillan who reports for Wired.
“Apple’s North Carolina permits describe a 21,030-square-foot building. That’s bigger than your typical Apple Store, but not nearly big enough for the sort of data center Apple would build. The company’s existing Maiden facility is 500,000 square feet,” McMillan reports. “More likely, the new building will house the 24-200 kilowatt fuel cell systems that could be partially operational as soon as June. This plant is noteworthy, as it will be one of the largest such plants in the U.S. and it’s the biggest such project built by a data-center operator.”
And just for entertainment purposes: “Apple had to mow down an awful lot of trees in order to build its environmentally friendly 100-acre solar array, right across the street from its data center.” — I couldn’t help but chuckle.