Google’s subsequent knowledge middle will probably be a transformed coal plant
Google is developing one other knowledge middle within the US, however the location it is settled on may shock you. As an alternative of constructing a website from scratch, the corporate has determined to redevelop an previous coal energy plant in Alabama. The Widows Creek manufacturing unit in Jackson County is scheduled to shut in October as a consequence of altering laws concerning the storage and monitoring of coal ash. It has been producing energy since 1952 and Google plans to repurpose a few of its infrastructure, corresponding to the electrical transmission strains, for its new knowledge middle. Nevertheless, it does not need soiled fossil fuels powering its servers. As an alternative, it’s going to be working with native authorities to supply new renewable power tasks that may feed into the electrical grid. Like its knowledge middle in Finland, which was as soon as an previous paper mill, it is a artistic solution to adapt a website that has already benefitted from years of funding.
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