September 15, 2008

Data center barges on the sea

Databarge_3 Last February, we posted about Bill Weihl, Google's green energy czar, and Google's RE<C energy strategy. RE<C stands for Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal, and is Google's strategy to produce 1 gigawatt of energy capacity through renewable sources like solar, wind and geothermal, to power its data centers.

Two weeks ago, Google filed a patent to house data centers on barges at sea.  The idea is to use waves to power the data centers, ocean water to cool them, and a moored distance or seven miles or more to avoid paying taxes. Google concedes the idea is one of many and may not be pursued but they get a lot of credit for thinking differently about the challenges facing data centers.

Read more on the TimesOnline and DataCenterKnowledge.com.




Picture credit to TimesOnline.

by Will Runyon September 15, 2008
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