On the day Bloom Energy officially opened shop on the East Coast, the company’s CEO confirmed Bloom will supply fuel cells to Apple’s North Carolina data center.
Bloom Energy today is breaking ground on a factory in Newark, Delaware to build its Bloom Energy Servers, or Bloom Boxes, which produce electricity from natural gas or biogas.
The facility, which was a former Chrysler plant, will have the capacity to turn out 1,000 Bloom Boxes a year, Bloom Energy CEO K.R. Sridhar said in an interview with CNET. Each fuel cell, which is the size of few refrigerators, can generate 100 kilowatts of electric power.
Sridhar also confirmed that Apple’s Maiden, North Carolina data center will use Bloom’s fuel cells. The data center, now under construction, will have 4.8 megawatts worth of fuel cells powered by biogas. It is expected to be the largest corporate fuel cell installation.
Read More at: Apple data center helps fuel Bloom Energy move to East Coast | Cutting Edge – CNET News.
Microsoft has launched a new research project that it’s calling its Data Plant program where the tech giant will design and prototype a data center fueled by biogas, located right at the source. The data center will be powered by fuel cells that run on biogas captured directly from an on-site landfill or wastewater treatment plant, both rich sources of methane, instead of using biogas from the grid.
For more read: Microsoft Designing Landfill-Fueled, Off-Grid Data Center : TreeHugger.
Most of the food my family and I eat has come from our garden or local farms. Yesterday, we stopped at a Community Garden in Appleton. I picked a leek and 2 heads of romaine lettuce. To give back to the garden I trimmed the flowers of the purple basil and pulled out weeds and dead leaves.
The Community Garden Partnership is a program of the Goodwill NCW. The partnership provides opportunities for diverse groups to share their gardening experiences. The link below will take you directly to the Community Garden Partnership site.
Community Garden Partnership
JC, owner of Just Act Natural located in downtown Appleton wrote an inspiring article that reflects the positive changes in our city. Clicking on the link below will take you directly to the article. I hope you may enjoy as much as I did. 🙂
The Greening of Appleton – justactnatural’s posterous.
I am already looking forward to the 2012 Green Energy Summit, located in Milwaukee, WI.
Cloth diapers are a great way to reduce environmental waste. Zach and I purchased insert diapers for our daughter with velcro closures. Soon after, we discovered that snap closures worked best for us. Zany Zebra, located in Appleton, WI offers snap closures with a variety of inner fabrics and catchy designs.
Cloth Diapering – Cloth Diapering Products and Resources.
Earth Fest, Sheboygan August 20th & 21st 2011 will be filled with lots to entertain! There will be acoustic/electric music, various environmental speakers, food, yoga, face paint, fire dancers, and much more.
A bicycle drop off location will be available for the Working Bikes Co-operative. This non-profit organization sends donated bikes to Latin America and Africa to provide people new opportunities.
Earth Fest Sheboygan Wisconsin.
If you enjoy being Earth friendly, this may be a beneficial group~ Next group meetup is Thursday, August 11~Located in Appleton, WI.
Fox Valley Friends of Earth WI – Meetup.
Bolz Conservatory hosts many events at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, WI. Beginning August 8 there will be an Integrated Pest Management program. This program focuses on how many insects are beneficial to control plant damage and also prevent the use of chemicals or pesticides. This educational program, along with the garden’s other exhibits, will continue through September 25.
Bolz Conservatory Exhibits – Olbrich Botanical Gardens.
I have yet to attend a Renaissance Fair. The Bristol Renaissance Faire is going on now through September 5. Children 4 and under are free! This sounds like a great way to have fun, laugh, and enjoy the adventure.
Bristol Renaissance Faire – Illinois/Wisconsin Border.