Apple is building something new at its Maiden, North Carolina data center, and thanks to our 1949 Piper PA-11 (Cub Special) iSpy Plane, we can give you an exclusive first look.
In our photos, taken Monday, you can see construction crews laying the foundations for a new approximately 20,0000-square-foot structure in a wooded area just northwest of the main data center. Apple appears to be finally building its 4.8-megawatt array of Bloom Energy fuel cells, which convert biogas into electricity.
Apple is one of many web giants that are now building their computing facilities in an effort to save both money and power, including Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft. In many ways, Maiden is the model of the modern data center. It’s home to a mammoth 500,000-square-foot building that houses rack after rack of Apple servers used to power the iCloud, but Apple is also tacking on a few extras that you won’t find in most data centers: a 100-acre solar farm, and an array of Bloom Energy fuel cells.