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Monday, 8 September 2008

Reducing Greenhouse Gases....The Google Way


Google is well known for taking initiatives for a greener planet now they released a patent application for a "water-based data center." Basically, it would sit on a ship in the ocean and use tidal power for electricity and actual water for cooling, neat hey?

Google Floating Data Center

Floating Data Center Schematic


The main purpose of these data centers would be to provide computing or telecommunications in times of emergency, but I kinda think it could be a more permanent thing. Data centers are expensive to build and maintain, and this low cost (environmentally and economically, no property taxes!!!) electricity would save Google tons of money. Google, you have such great ideas. Does Microsoft have anything to offer like this? Doubtful.

The Greenhouse Effect