Google to convert coal powerplant to data center using 100% renewables

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1) Sustainability problem: Energy

  • A large amount of Energy is needed to keep pace with the needs of a data driven society while considering the climate change impacts of energy generation.

2) Summary:

  • Data centers run 24/7/365 to keep up with the needs of e-commerce, online services and information access.
  • Data Centers are energy intensive facilities.
  • Building at the site of a former power plant allows for the re-allocation of existing energy distribution infrastructure.

3) Stakeholders:

  • Local government/municipality
  • Local power company (Tennessee Valley Authority)
  • Former employees of coal power plant

4) Deployment:

  • Build the Datacenter facility with state-of-the-art energy efficiency.
  • Develop the power plant with the latest renewable technology.
  • Keep both facilities capable of being improved with new technologies as available.

Article: Google Data CenterArticle

Tarek Arafat-ta2435


One thought on “Google to convert coal powerplant to data center using 100% renewables

  1. Google’s move is symbolic in that it anticipates that trend and makes a bold statement that it not only wants to go green; it wants lead by example to help other industries go green as well. This is a good move as corporate responsibility programs focus their attention on the growing energy demands of data centers and increased public scrutiny of the increase of carbon emissions associated with these facilities


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