Google aims to be powered by renewable energy in 2017

Google to focus solely on renewable energy by the end of 2017 Google has announced that all of its energy will come from renewable sources by the end of 2017. Last year, the massive technology company consumed as much electricity as the city of San Francisco. Now, Google aims to derive all of its electrical power from solar panels and wind turbines. The company’s ambitions are not restricted to the United States, of course, as all of its data centers throughout the world will eventually be powered by renewable energy….

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Microsoft announces its largest wind energy deal to date

Microsoft forms new deal to acquire wind energy Technology giant Microsoft has announced that it has signed its largest wind energy deal to date. The company will be using wind to generate electricity to its largest data centers in the United States. The latest deal is one of two new contracts that represent some 237 megawatts of capacity. These deals bring Microsoft’s total use of wind energy to more than 500 megawatts. This continues Microsoft’s trend of embracing renewable energy in an effort to reduce its production of carbon emissions…

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Google invests more in Africa’s wind energy market

Google invests in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya Google has shown a great deal of interest and support for wind energy in Africa. The company recently invested in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya, which represented the largest investment in wind energy Africa has seen to date. Wind is not the only form of clean power that Google is supporting in Africa, as the company has also invested in solar energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Google invested some $12 million in the Jasper Solar Power…

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Hydrogen fuel cells are gaining strength in the US

Many companies are beginning to embrace hydrogen fuel cells Several large organizations in the United States are leading the way in the transition toward renewable energy. Hydrogen fuel cells have caught the attention of these organizations, which hope to use these energy systems for a variety of purposes. Notably, many fuel cells are being used to power materials handling vehicles, such as forklifts. These fuel cell forklifts are becoming increasingly common, replacing older forklifts that are powered using lead-acid batteries. Fuel cells generate clean electricity without producing emissions Fuel cells…

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Google steps into the wind energy market in Sweden and Norway

Google will be purchasing electrical power from wind farms in Sweden and Norway Google has entered into a deal to acquire two wind farms in Norway and Sweden. The deal is part of the company’s overarching plan to embrace renewable energy. Last year, Google revealed this plan, aiming to purchase some 842 megawatts of clean power. The company hopes to be entirely reliant on clean power in the relatively near future, and wind energy is expected to play a major role in accomplishing this endeavor. Company will add 235 MW…

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Apple seeks to sell excess electricity from its solar energy systems

Company has plans to sell excess energy directly to customers Apple has plans to sell surplus energy that is generated by its new headquarters in California. The company joins several others in such an initiative, with its headquarters being equipped with solar panels that aid in efforts to become more environmentally friendly. Apple has long held an interest in clean energy, going so far as to power its primary data center with hydrogen fuel cells and solar energy systems. Solar energy systems will generate power that could be sold through…

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Google aims to bring more green energy to Asia

The internet giant has announced its plans to provide seed funding to a non-profit that promotes renewable energy. Google has already made a long-term commitment to power 100% of its operations with green energy sourced from renewables. To date, the company has purchased over 2 gigawatts (GW) of clean power, which has made it the world’s current largest non-utility purchaser of renewables. Now, according to the company’s official Asia Pacific blog, Google is aiming to boost its green power efforts in Asia by providing seed funding to the Center for…

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Researchers begin experimenting with balloons that produce solar energy

Research team believes that balloons could be used as effective solar energy generators Researchers from the French National Center for Scientific Research and NextPV, a French-Japanese laboratory, are looking into a new way to generate solar energy. The research team, lead by Jean-Francois Guillemoles, director of the French National Center for Scientific Research, believes that solar power could be generated without having to account for weather patterns. Weather can play a major role in solar energy generation, as storm fronts can block sunlight, thereby making solar panels much less productive…

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Google makes massive renewable energy purchase

The Internet giant has purchased a whopping 842 MW of green energy. Last week, Google announced on its official blog that it has made what it says is the “largest and most diverse, purchase of renewable energy ever made by a non-utility company.” It will be adding an impressive 842 MW (megawatts) of clean energy from renewable wind and solar sources to its data centers. Google’s new purchase nearly doubles the amount of clean energy the company has purchased to date. Across three countries Google has managed to add an…

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Google launches new solar energy project in the US

Project Sunroof aims to help homeowners understand if they can use solar power effectively Google has launched a new project that aims to show where solar energy has the most promise in the United States. Many homeowners have begun to show aggressive interest in solar power, but some do not live in states with abundant sunlight, making solar energy less viable than other forms of power. Google’s new initiative, called Project Sunroof, is designed to help homeowners determine whether solar power is a viable option for them, based on their…

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Google makes massive residential solar energy investment

The search engine giant has invested $300 million in SolarCity’s residential solar power model. Google wants to help people install solar energy panels on the roofs of their houses and has boosted its investment in Solar City, which has resulted in the companies establishing a new fund valued at $750 million, which will help to install solar panels on homes across America, where it would otherwise not have been possible, as many homeowners would struggle to cover the cost of such expensive installations. The fund will finance installations for homeowners…

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Renewable energy is not the solution to the climate change problem

According to Google engineers climate change will not be solved with present day renewables. A report from two of the internet giant’s engineers, Ross Koningstein & David Fork, that was recently published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, explains that current renewable energy technologies, such as solar and wind energy are not a realistic solution for the world’s impending climate issues and are much too expensive to prevent climate change. The two engineers worked on Google’s ambitious “RE<C” project. The renewable energy project that was called “RE<C” has…

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Google launches competition to promote innovation in clean technology

Clean technology is an important part of the energy puzzle Typically, when someone thinks about renewable energy, they conjure up images of solar panels and wind turbines. These are the most recognizable symbols in the clean energy space, but they are only one part of the energy puzzle. These energy systems generate direct current power, but this electricity must be converted into an alternating current before it can be used in homes and for certain industrial applications. Google is working to resolve this particular part of the energy puzzle by…

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Google Glass may be powered by solar energy

Glass may derive electrical power from sunlight Google’s ambitious augmented reality glasses, called Glass, has yet to receive an official release date, but information concerning the new features of these glasses is beginning to emerge. Google has high hopes for its AR glasses, believing that the product will help people see and interact with the world around them in a different way by blurring the boundaries that separate the digital and physical worlds. Like other high-tech gadgets, however, Glass will consume a significant amount of electrical power in order to…

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Google sets sights on renewable energy

Google continues to grow its support for clean power and technology Google has been growing more aggressive with its support of renewable energy over the past two years. Currently, one-third of the company’s operations receive power from renewable sources. Google is keen to increase its use of clean power significantly over the coming years and in order to accomplish this goal, the company has begun investing more heavily in renewable power. Google notes that clean energy could be environmentally beneficial while also reducing the company’s energy costs in the future….

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Ivanpah solar energy system is now online

World’s largest solar power system begins producing electricity in California The world’s largest solar energy system has been activated. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is based in California, a state that has been a strong supporter of solar power for several years. The project is the largest of its kind, using concentrated sunlight to generate electrical power. The energy system has been backed by several large companies, including Google. The system was developed by NRG Energy, Bechtel, and BrightSource Energy. Ivanpah boasts of a maximum energy capacity of 392MW…

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