Apple’s Commitment to Fuel Cells Continues with Campus 2 Project

04 Jul 2012

Apple Campus 2

Apple is a company experiencing extraordinary growth in all areas. The company has now outgrown its world-famous headquarters campus at 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino and has been renting nearby buildings for some time. It is now looking to add a second campus in the city, in which it has always been based, to ‘consolidate Apple’s engineers and support personnel in a single distinctive office, research and development building.’

The project, one of the last that Steve Jobs was closely involved with, sees the complete redevelopment of a 176 acre site formerly home to HP into an ‘integrated, unified, and secure state-of-the-art office and research campus designed to serve as a model workplace for the 21st century.’ Its focal point is a ‘2.8 million square-foot ring-shaped main office building’. The new campus will be ‘entirely powered by renewable energy, which will primarily be generated on-site from fuel cells and more than 650,000 square feet of solar panels installed on building roofs’.

The fuel cells will be directed-biogas-fed and times of peak demand at the campus will be met through grid-purchased renewable energy. Thanks to this and the environmentally conscious design of the building the project ‘will not result in any net additional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.’ The California State Government holds a publicly-accessible copy of Apple’s Application for Environmental Leadership Development Project, from which the above excerpts are taken.

Governor Jerry Brown has announced that the project has been approved for streamlined treatment as it moves through the environmental review process with the City of Cupertino and the California Air Resources Board. Construction is expected to begin in early 2013 for a 2015 opening. See the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs present the project to the Cupertino City Council in the video below.

References: Apple; Cupertino City Council; The Mercury News

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