Main

July 15, 2012

Google has the World’s Largest EV Charging Network




 

Google has the world’s largest EV Charging network with 200 already installed and 250 more on order.  Their goal: EV charging stations at 5% of their parking spaces “ … made available for free to Googlers.”

Having an EV infrastructure in place can help drive employees to by an EV as they can be sure to find a charger at work.

Between it fleet of Toyota Prius’ and Ford Escapes available for car-sharing and bio fueled diesel shuttle buses Google believes it avoids “ … 14 million vehicle miles, or 5,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year.”

Via:  Google  LINK

June 14, 2011

Google Solar City investment focuses on homeowners




Google will help homeowner finance solar power installations through its Solar City investment.  Solar City covers the installation and maintenance costs while the homeowner pays a monthly lease cost.  …

…   “we’re announcing that we’ve investing $280 million to create a fund that will help SolarCity finance more solar installations across the country.

This is our largest clean energy project investment to date and brings our total invested in the clean energy sector to more than $680 million.”   …

Via Google: Homeowners and the sun.

 

Solar City.

May 24, 2011

Mohave desert wind project investment funded by Google and Citibank




Desert based wind turbines will deliver their power via the new 4,500 MW TehachapiMohave desert wind project transmission lines to Southern California Edison.  …

…   “Renewable energy developer Terra-Gen Power is constructing the site in several phases and we’ll provide $55 million to finance the 102 MW Alta IV project. Citibank, which has underwritten the equity for Alta Projects II-V, is also investing in this project.”   …

Via Google: Alta Wind Center.

Terra-Gen Power.

Citibank Sustainable Investments.

In May 2007, Citibank announced a 10-year, $50 billion initiative to address global climate change through investments, financings and related activities that support the commercialization and growth of alternative energy and clean technology in markets around the world.

April 11, 2011

Google in Bechtel out as Brightsource solar project investor




Brightsource’s concentrated solar project gets financial boost from Google and theBrightsource Energy solar technology Department of Energy.  The company has a number of solar projects underway in California.  Brightsource technology consists of dual-mirror heliostats that follow the sun to increase energy production.  …

…   “Google stepped in as a new equity investor in the project, agreeing to provide $ 168 million.

And the project's construction contractor, Bechtel Corp., which was the first to commit equity in 2009, decided in the end to drop out as an equity investor.”   …

Via Nasdaq: Brightsource Project.

Brightsource CSP projects.

The three-plant Ivanpah Solar Complex will generate approximately 392 gross megawatts of electricity using the company's innovative, proprietary concentrating solar power CSP technology.

DOE Loan Guarantee for Brightsource in California.

November 27, 2010

Smart Grid Utility Automation using TCPIP






Erich W. Gunther is the co-founder, chairman and chief technology officer for EnerNex Corporation - an electric power research, engineering, and consulting firm - located in Knoxville Tennessee. He discusses the use of internet protocols in the smart energy grid in this Google-sponsored tech talk.

October 12, 2010

Google Looks at Energy "Pipeline" in Mid-Atlantic Region




GoogleThere is a lot of wind energy off the northeast seaboard ... but no good way to move it to consumers.  Google is looking to change that with a new transmission line called the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC).

" ... signed an agreement to invest in ... a backbone transmission project off the Mid-Atlantic coast  ...  helping to accelerate offshore wind development ..."Atlantic Wind Connection

Expected to create thousands of jobs it will improve the reliability of the mid-Atlantic grid - so it’s both good business and good for the environment.

" ... will stretch 350 miles ... from New Jersey to Virginia ... able to connect 6,000MW of offshore wind turbines ..."

 

Via:  Google blog LINK

July 20, 2010

Google integrates wind power into datacenter energy portfolio




Google begins procurement of wind power to serve a portion of its energy requirements.  …

…   “Google Energy LLC will begin buying wind power from July 30 from NextEra's facility in Iowa … ”   …

Via New York Times: Data Center Wind Energy.

April 28, 2010

Green Building in Google Earth in 3-D




With Google Earth you can "Tour 3D models of Green Buildings around the United States. ... includes campus buildings, parks, offices, homes, and schools that were designed and constructed using environmentally sensitive design techniques ... start the tour, double-click the "Start tour here" link in the Places panel and make sure the "3D Buildings" layer is checked. The models are also located in the Google 3D Warehouse at http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse "

 

Via:  Google  LINK

February 26, 2010

Bloom Energy Servers™ Fuel Cells




BloomEnergy logoBloomEnergy has announced a novel fuel cell and unlike typical fuel cells if does not require precious metal catalysts. Fuel cells are typcially "cleaner" than other power sources.

" ..  an innovative new fuel cell technology ... derived from a common sand-like powder ... technology is able to produce clean, reliable, affordable power,... practically anywhere,... from a wide range of renewable or traditional fuels."

" ... Energy Servers™ are among the most efficient energy generators on the planet; providing for significantly reduced electricity costs and dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions ... "

" ... Originally called Ion America, Bloom Energy, was founded with the mission to make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone on earth."

" ... After two years of successful field trials in Tennessee, California, and Alaska, to validate the technology, the first commercial (100kW) products were shipped to Google in July 2008."

" ... Bloom's Energy Servers have helped our customers generate millions of kWhs of electricity and eliminate millions of pounds of CO2 from the environment."

 

Via:  BloomEnergy LINK

February 20, 2010

Google energy market role




is approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, enabling the company to act as a market-based rate authority. WSJ: http://bit.ly/a7IunB



January 14, 2010

Google Applies for Energy License




Google logoIn addition to being know for its green efforts (solar panels and highly efficient servers) Google is possibly entering ther power business by applying for a license to buy and sell wholesale power.

"... are other non-utilities already in the power business. Usually other firms with similar heavy power needs.  ... Google Energy subsidiary was formed in late 2009 ... putting it into a stronger position to balance Google’s energy needs with its goal to promote the use of alternative energy for electricity generation ... it will shop for the best sources of renewable energy to run its operations ... stated goal is to become carbon-neutral."

 

Via:  ZDNet  LINK

January 10, 2010

Google's Energy Efficient Computing and Sustainability




Google Sustainable Operations

Google has been at the forefront of energy efficiency quite some time.  Read on to learn more about Google current initiatives.

They also have lots of data and metrics to compare their energy use per Google search to other activities.

" ... Data centers ... account for most of Google’s energy needs ... take our energy use seriously and, from the very beginning, Google has focused on designing systems that use as little energy as possible ... operating what we believe to be the world's most efficient data centers."

" ... Google-designed data centers use about half the energy of a typical data center ... energy used per Google search is very small ... currently use about 1kJ (0.0003 kWh) of energy to answer the average query ... roughly .2g of CO2 ... often take the place of more carbon- and time-intensive activities, such as driving a car to a library or spending hours navigating shopping malls."

" ... commitment to sustainability goes beyond just electricity and carbon ... two Google facilities currently run on 100% recycled water, and by 2010 we expect recycled water to provide 80% of our total data center water consumption ... share our own data center best practices and are encouraging our industry peers to do the same ..."

" ... if all data centers operated at the same efficiency as ours, the U.S. alone would save enough electricity to power every household within the city limits of Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C."

 

Via:  Google  LINK

 

 

November 21, 2009

Terawatt-Scale Photovoltaics






September 10, 2009

Google Solar Thermal Mirror Plans




Google will focus its research efforts on reducing the cost of mirrors that are critical to the performance of solar thermal power plants. The company expresses some frustration with the availabilty of emerging technology in the space and recommends that government play a larger role in funding early-stage ideas. ...
... "Google is looking to cut the cost of making heliostats, the fields of mirrors that have to track the sun, by at least a factor of two, ideally a factor of three or four. " ...
Via Reuters: Google solar mirror power

Continue reading "Google Solar Thermal Mirror Plans" »

June 10, 2009

Google Power Meter Energy




Google makes progress with first wave of power meter partners in the utility space and has initiated a software partnership that integrates the smart power meters into customer consumption trends. ...
... "Google PowerMeter is only available to a limited group of customers, but we plan to expand our roll out later this year. Our utility partners are leading the charge to make the electricity grid smarter and we look forward to working with them and others. " ...
Via Google: PowerMeter partners



May 16, 2009

Google Green Rides






May 14, 2009

More Energy Saving Tips .... from Google




Google logo
Check out these links on GOOGLE.org for ways to save energy.  Some are NO COST and others are eitehr low or moderate cost ...

Read on for more and to get the actual LINKs ... >>>

" ... Grist, Alliance to Save Energy, Department of Energy, Carbon footprint calculator, ACEEE, Home Energy Savers, Get a home energy audit ..."

Via:  Google  LINK

May 05, 2009

Determine Your Roof's Solar Potential - RoofRay




roofray logo

 I am looking to install solar panels on my house and would like to know ... before teh vendors start coming by .... what my "solar value" amounts to.

RoofRay is a "BETA app" that uses GOOGLE maps to find your building / house location and determine the solar potential.  You trace out the viable roof areas, show the slope direction and get an estimate of the roof solar potential.

You can use it to check out your current house .... or a property you might be interested in purchasing ... 

Check out the YouTube video ...  

 

Via:  RoofRay  LINK

April 11, 2009

Container DataCenter Tour






April 02, 2009

Google Store - Green Logo Gear




Google Store logoGoogle sells lots of Google branded logo items on its website - there is a common theme for their products ... they are mostly all made in an environmentally friendly way ... greener than most ...

Read on for more >>> 

"The Google Store is going green.  ... make our store more eco-friendly. From organic cotton T-shirts to pencils made of recycled blue jeans, you'll find that most (though not all) Google products are now made of recycled material or other stuff that goes easy on our planet.  We are also using more environmentally sound, recycled polybags, to individually package your items and to protect your items during transit. "

 

Via:  Google  Link

March 05, 2009

Running Warmer Data Ceners to Save Energy




 

data center

Keeping data centers colder than needed is not just expensive - it is wasteful of energy and contributes to global warming - and just might cause equipment to not last as long as possible ...  
Dell logo
" ... Albert Esser, vice president of datacentre infrastructure at ... Dell, ... datacentres could cut their energy bills by up to five per cent with no adverse impact on their servers' reliability by simply increasing the temperature of their server farms by five degrees."

"According to Dell, air being pumped into a datacentre can typically be as cold as 19 degrees centigrade, despite the fact that systems will remain reliable as long as the temperature is lower than 25 degrees centigrade."

Esser pointed to a recent datacentre rollout that Dell contributed to, where the temperature was kept at 19 degrees, resulting in a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratio for the datacentre of 1.8. This means that for every watt used to power the servers, 1.8 entered the datacentres. However, when the temperature was raised to 23 degrees the energy efficiency of the facility improved significantly, resulting in a PUE of 1.3.

" ... Google has recently presented papers that shows that disk drives do not fail more often at temperatures of 75 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while BT is on record as saying "all modern systems will operate effectively and reliably between five and 40 degrees Celsius"."

One caveat ... "... if you have a cooling system failure and the datacentre is already pretty warm, you end up with a critical issue far more quickly, ... "

 

Via: computing.co.uk Link

February 20, 2009

Energy Saving Tips from GOOGLE




Google Google has some energy saving tips on their web site .... some are easy / low cost / DIY ... here they are for your review and use >>>

" ... Weatherstrip and caulk your windows and doors ... Cover your hot water heater with an insulation blanket ... Reduce the temperature of your hot water heater to 120F or less ... Install a low flow shower head ... Learn how to set power management on your computer ... Plug home electronics into a powerstrip and turn off when not in use. ..."

Via:  GOOGLE  Link

Continue reading "Energy Saving Tips from GOOGLE" »

February 17, 2009

Google "Power Meter" to Help Analyze Power Usage




typical home energy usageA common management axiom is you cannot manage what you do not measure ... same hold true for a home's power usage.  Google may have a way to give us some insight to our energy consumption ..

Read on for more  >>>>

"... developing home electricity dashboards for the future smart grid. ...to see your energy usage makes it easier to reduce it. ... near real-time feedback requires an advanced electricity meter known as a "smart meter." ..."

" ... many of today's smart meters don't display information to the consumer. ... working with national and state governments to ensure our energy policies encourage consumer information ... Google PowerMeter  ... takes advantage of our scalable, secure IT architecture and our popular iGoogle gadget platform to show you your energy use in near real-time (and it's free to both utilities and consumers). But empowering consumers with energy information is too important to rely on just one provider, and we welcome and encourage other approaches."

 

See GOOGLE video >>> 

 

Via:  GOOGLE  Link

February 06, 2009

Google on Solar Thermal Energy






October 02, 2008

Retire Servers in a Sustainable Way




Google shares their experience and perspective on green data centers and sustainable practices. As servers reach their end of life, the company retires the equipment and recycles the materials. ...
... "We believe that reuse is an important part of the solution, and we're proud to say that 68% of our retired server material is re-purposed. Redeploying existing machines saves raw materials, energy, and carbon dioxide emissions by avoiding the manufacture and distribution of new equipment. " ...
Via Google: Sustainable Server Retirement

September 09, 2008

Geothermal Market Warms Up




In the recent past, Google committed to making investments in geothermal alternative energy. The Motley Fools provide insight on the developing geothermal energy market. ...
... "EGS plants create their own reservoir by continuously pumping water through hot dry rock. While this is a more complex undertaking, EGS is the key to unlocking geothermal's massive potential. " ...
Via Motley Fool: Geothermal

August 19, 2008

Enhanced Geothermal Systems




Google.org, Google's philanthropic arm, invests $10.25 million in Enhanced Geothermal Systems to support research on next-generation resource mapping, information tools, and a policy agenda. This technology is very promising in that it can provide energy 24 / 7 and is available arou nd the globe. ...
... "EGS expands the potential of geothermal energy by orders of magnitude. The traditional geothermal approach relies on finding naturally occurring pockets of steam and hot water. The EGS process, by comparison, replicates these conditions by fracturing hot rock, circulating water through the system, and using the resulting steam to produce electricity in a conventional turbine. EGS expands the potential of geothermal energy by orders of magnitude. The traditional geothermal approach relies on finding naturally occurring pockets of steam and hot water. The EGS process, by comparison, replicates these conditions by fracturing hot rock, circulating water through the system, and using the resulting steam to produce electricity in a conventional turbine. " ...
Via Google: Breakthrough geothermal energy technology

June 08, 2008

Google Photovoltaics Installation




Time lapse video of Google's solar panel installation ...

April 22, 2008

Solar Thermal Plants Achieve Scale and Investment




eSolar secures $130 million in funding from Idealab, Google, and other investors to implement its approach to pre-fabricated solar power plants. The company bring its intellectual capital to bear on the minimal footprint and quick-implementation aspects of construction for solar plants. ...
... "Designed to address the complex issues surrounding large or utility-scale power projects, eSolar’s distributed solar thermal plants achieve economies of scale at 33 MW, and are modularly scaled to fit the needs of large and small utilities. eSolar has replaced expensive steel, concrete, and brute force with inexpensive computing power and elegant algorithms. Centering on eSolar’s 33 MW pre-fab form-factor, the company’s modular design translates to minimal land requirements. The company’s solar power plant solutions are tailored to fit local resources and produce a low environmental footprint, favoring a straightforward siting and permitting process. eSolar has secured land rights in the southwest United States to support the production and transmission of over 1 GW of power. eSolar will have a fully operational power plant later this year in southern California. " ...
Via eSolar: Breakthrough Pre-Fabricated Solar Power Plants

December 16, 2007

Server Green Design through Proportional Energy Use Per Google Engineers




Since most servers and server farms are running at less than fifty percent utilization, the energy efficiency of the data center computing assets is low. Google engineers recommend a energy proportional server design to deal with this reality. This is the future efficiency challenge for design engineers. ...
... "They should aim to develop machines that consume energy in proportion to the amount of work performed. Such energy-proportional machines would ideally consume no power when idle (easy with inactive power modes), nearly no power when very little work is performed (harder), and gradually more power as the activity level increases (also harder). " ...
Via IEEE Computer: Energy-Proportional Computing

November 28, 2007

Google CleanTech Lecture




Policy models, such as the Germany feed-in-tariff, can foster the rapid adoption of clean technologies. Hermann Scheer discusses the clean tech way at the Google-plex. ...



November 27, 2007

Google Renewable Energy Initiative Requires Talent to Accelerate Existing Technologies




Google launches renewable energy initiative with a call for talent, such as engineers, scientists, and business folks with skills and passion to make a difference quickly. The initiative intends to accelerate existing technologies to scale, such that energy costs are cheaper than coal. Google is prepared to collaborate, partner, and invest in a portfolio of breakthrough green technology. ...
... "Promising technologies already exist that could be developed to deliver renewable energy cheaper than coal. We think the time is ripe to build rapidly on the tremendous work on renewable energy. For example, I believe that solar thermal technology provides a very plausible path to generating cheaper electricity. By combining talented technologists, great partners and large investments, we have an opportunity to quickly push this technology forward. Our goal is to build 1 gigawatt of renewable energy capacity that is cheaper than coal. " ...
Via Google: Larry Page's Call to Action

Google's Carbon Neutral plan is discussed in this vid. ...



Continue reading "Google Renewable Energy Initiative Requires Talent to Accelerate Existing Technologies" »

June 26, 2007

Google Aggressive Carbon Neutral Plan




Urs Hoelzle, Senior Vice President of Operations for Google, shares insights on Google's strategy to achieve carbon neutral goals. The company is committed to its own performance and also to raising awareness in industry. With its brand recognition, Google can be a powerful evangelist for the climate crisis and strategies to deal with it. ...
... "Our plan to neutralize Google's carbon footprint includes three basic strategies: reduce energy consumption by maximizing efficiency; invest in and use renewable energy sources; and purchase carbon offsets for the emissions that we can't reduce directly. " ...

Via Official Google Blog: Google Plans Carbon Neutrality by end of 2007

 

June 20, 2007

PG&E Teams With Google On V2G Pilot




Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) collaborates with Google and demonstrates Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology at the Google's Mountain View campus. This collaboration is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming through Google.org's latest green initiative. ...

... "V2G technology allows for the bi-directional sharing of electricity between Electric Vehicles (EVs) or Plug-in Electric Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) and the electric power grid. The technology turns each vehicle into a potential energy storage system, increasing power reliability and the amount of renewable energy available to the grid during peak power usage. PG&E became the first utility in the nation to publicly demonstrate the possibility of electric vehicles to supply homes and businesses with electricity at a Silicon Valley Leadership Group event in April 2007.

PG&E shared this technical expertise with Google to upgrade a number of company-owned Toyota Prius PHEVs to be V2G capable for today's demonstration. PHEVs include additional battery capacity, which increases the vehicle's ability to run completely on electricity and reduces reliance on fossil fuels, a significant contributor to climate change. In the future, V2G technology may enable these PHEVs to offset Google's peak energy usage with energy from the vehicle batteries stored the previous night, simultaneously providing environmental, economic and national security benefits. " ...

Via Pacific Gas and Electric: PG&E TEAMS WITH GOOGLE TO DEMONSTRATE VEHICLE-TO-GRID TECHNOLOGY AT THE COMPANY'S MOUNTAIN VIEW CAMPUS

 

June 19, 2007

Google Car Recharged




Google's philanthropic organization will accelerate the adoption of alternative vehicles by conducting pilots, engaging in partnerships, and making investments in green solutions. ...
... "RechargeIT is an initiative within Google.org's Climate Change Program aimed at accelerating the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (plug-in hybrids) and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications. " ...
Via Google.org: Google Launches RechargeIT Plug-In Hybrid Car Initiative Plug-in hybrid vehicles can have a significant impact (report) on our carbon footprint and energy independence. Video discusses plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and vehicle to grid (V2G) concepts. ... Google is piloting the Hymotion Plug-in Prius Hybrid featured in this video ...

June 13, 2007

Computer Climate Saving Initiative




Consortium of enterprises, that includes Google and Intel, plan effort to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by aggressively targeting energy-efficiency in computers and components. Energy-efficient computers and power management tools will be promoted globally. If the efficiency is achieved, the Initiative will cut greenhouse gas emissions in an amount equal to removing more than 11 million cars from the road or shutting down twenty 500-megawatt coal-fired power plants. ...
... "Computer and computer component manufacturers who support the initiative are committed to building energy-efficient products that meet or surpass the EPA’s Energy Star guidelines. Businesses must also commit to requiring high efficiency systems for the majority of their corporate desktop PCs and volume server purchases, and to deploy and use power management tools on desktop PCs. " ...
Climate Savers Computing Initiative

April 05, 2007

Google Bus Fleet Eases Employee Commutes .... and Reduces Pollution




Google Logo

 

Google is well known for its innovation in Search Engines and web tools. It is also well known for the many employee perks ... 

What most people do not know is that they are helping to reduce road congestion and traffic by providing bus service to many of the employees in southern California.Google Bus Service Area

In fact - Google operates a LARGE bus fleets.  Some details:

" ... ferries about 1,200 employees to and from Google daily — nearly one-fourth of its local work force — aboard 32 shuttle buses ... Bicycles are allowed on exterior racks, and dogs on forward seats, or on their owners’ laps if the buses run full."

"The shuttles, which carry up to 37 passengers each ... 132 trips every day to some 40 pickup and drop-off locations in more than a dozen cities, crisscrossing six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area and logging some 4,400 miles. They pick up workers as far away as Concord, 54 miles northeast of the Googleplex ... system’s routes cover in excess of 230 miles of freeways, more than twice the extent of the region’s BART commuter train system, which has 104 miles of tracks."



 

Via:  Google.Com     Link     and    The New York Times March 10, 2007     Link