Apple Committing €1 Million to Ocean Wave Energy Research in Ireland

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Continuing its recent moves to embrace renewable energy sources, Apple has agreed to fund a €1 million initiative through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to support research into harnessing wave energy.

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Ocean Energy Test Site in Galway Bay, Ireland

“We're excited by the potential of ocean energy to someday serve as a source of clean power for the data centre we are building in Athenry, County Galway," said Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. "We are deeply committed to powering all our facilities with 100 percent renewable energy and believe investing in innovative projects will make reaching our goal easier."

The initiative funded by Apple will help fund researchers testing their wave harnessing technologies at the Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site.

Wave energy is just one renewable energy source Apple has supported in an effort to become more environmentally friendly. Solar energy has been a major component of Apple's initiative, although the company has also embraced wind, biogas fuel cell, hydroelectric, and geothermal solutions to help power its data centers and other facilities as it seeks to move to 100% renewable energy for its own facilities and even help its suppliers make similar transitions.

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65 months ago
1 million euros is a small price to pay to stay friends with the local government.
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65 months ago
This'll never work. More alternative energy hippy nonsense.

Good quality, wholesome, all-American COAL is the way to meet our growing energy needs.
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65 months ago

This'll never work. More alternative energy hippy nonsense.

Good quality, wholesome, all-American COAL is the way to meet our growing energy needs.

You forgot the /s tag.
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65 months ago

This'll never work. More alternative energy hippy nonsense.

Good quality, wholesome, all-American COAL is the way to meet our growing energy needs.

And nothing mentioned about good ol' clean nuclear energy at all.... Again... Because that would make WAY too much sense -__-

lol 'Murrica

Not sure if you all are trying to be funny but neither COAL nor Nuclear are renewable. In addition, both produce significant waste that affects the environment. If the idea is to use renewable and environmental solutions then there are only 4 options -- sun, earth, wind, and water. Coal and Oil technically fall under earth, but they do not meet the renewable or the environmental criteria. Nuclear is a man-made source that will destroy the planet (see chernobyl or japan).
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65 months ago
And nothing mentioned about good ol' clean nuclear energy at all.... Again... Because that would make WAY too much sense -__-



This'll never work. More alternative energy hippy nonsense.

Good quality, wholesome, all-American COAL is the way to meet our growing energy needs.

lol 'Murrica
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65 months ago
Peanuts. Absolute peanuts. If they'd promised €100m then this would be a headline barely worth talking about. Apple makes this kind of money every minute or something and the research needs much more than €1m.

I like Apple, I really do. But this move just serves to arm them for their trial regarding Irish tax agreements. This and the creation of 1000 jobs in Ireland is a convenient ruse to arm them for the trial while scoring environmental points and also making their necessary Irish job creations that they would have made at some point anyway due to growth.
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