greentechmedia.com, 9/30/2020 Google on Monday pledged that by 2030 it will run its entire business on carbon-free energy — every hour of every day of the year. The promise commits the tech giant to an even more aggressive program of sourcing clean energy and enabling the infrastructure to make it available even when the sun isn’t shining and the … Read more
A new use for Google Maps: calculating a city’s carbon footprint The Environmental Insights Explorer calculates emissions from buildings, car trips, and public transport to illustrate how a city’s sustainability efforts are faring. Written by Adele Peters, fastcompany.com, September 10, 2018 Looking at a city’s Google Maps data, in combination with other data, a new … Read more
Google just put an AI in charge of keeping its data centers cool DeepMind’s neural networks will tweak data center conditions to cut power usage. Written by Steve Ranger, zdnet.com, August 20, 2018 Google is putting an artificial intelligence system in charge of its data center cooling after the system proved it could cut energy use. Now … Read more
Google Pumps Funds Into Africa’s Biggest Wind Power Project Wired, October 20, 2015. Image credit: DWilliams GOOGLE IS BACKING Africa’s largest wind power project, two years after investing $12 million in the continent’s largest solar power project. This morning, at a conference in Washington, D.C., the tech giant announced its support for the Lake Turkana Wind … Read more
Betsy Ricker for Zondits, September 10, 2015. Image credit: Creative Commons CO2-based refrigeration has been implemented with success at ice rinks and in refrigeration applications, and it is now moving into the data center cooling sector. A new project was recently implemented at Bell Canada’s Ottawa data center that utilizes CO2 rather than the more … Read more
Cleaning Up Data Center Power is Dirty Work Data Center Knowledge, July 20, 2015. Image credit: Arthur Caranta Just this month, Facebook announced a 200 MW wind-power contract for its upcoming Texas data center, and Amazon said it had invested in a wind farm of similar capacity in North Carolina to address the energy use of … Read more
Google Plans to Out Sci-Fi Apple With New Headquarters Site Pro News, March 2, 2015 Google has unveiled its plans for a futuristic new headquarters in Mountain View, California — and the plans give Apple’s new campus, which is currently under construction, a run for its money. Google on Friday submitted a plan to redevelop … Read more
That was the logic behind the company’s RE-C project, which aimed to produce one gigawatt of renewable electricity for less than the price of coal. The hope was to do this within years, not decades. Among other things, the company invested in new geothermal drilling R&D and put $168 million toward Brightsource’s Ivanpah solar tower in the Mojave Desert.