Last Wednesday (24), the Google announced that it will build a new data center that will be incorporated into the company network. Currently, the company already has 13 different infrastructures around the world, including the newly built in Singapore and Belgium.
Located in Jackson County (in northwest Alabama, USA), coal plant Widows Creek began producing energy from the first day of July, 1952. However, due to changes in the regulation of production and distribution of electricity American the last generator (still in operation) must be disabled permanently in October 2015.
As Patrick Gammons (senior manager of energy and strategic location for data centers) reported, Investment decades that location should not be wasted just because it will be closed. “Data centers require a large and complex infrastructure to work 100% in the 24/7 regimen and industrial areas such as Widows Creek have a high potential to be refurbished and ease”.
Because of the negotiated agreement with TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority), the Mountain View company can use the transmission lines that already exist to move to renewable energy that will be generated to power the new data center. The main objective is to produce and consume only clean energy.
Over the past few years, Google has become the largest consumer of renewable energy in the world. Approximately 1.5% of what is produced by wind turbines in the United States is purchased by the company.
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Over time, new technologies have been developed to optimize the efficiency of servers, new methods have been designed to cool the circuits and data storage plates. “Compared to five years ago, today we can enjoy 3.5 times the capacity of facilities using the same amount of energy,” Gammons said.