Google has been one of the most innovative companies in the world for some time now. Their web browser is used by hundreds of millions of people every day and I couldn’t get around town without their maps. According to recent news stories, however, their most recent innovation may take the cake…at least as far as combining environmental and bottom line benefits are concerned.
The company is considering deploying the supercomputers necessary to operate its internet search engines on barges anchored up to seven miles (11km) offshore.
The “water-based data centres” would use wave energy to power and cool their computers, reducing Google’s costs. Their offshore status would also mean the company would no longer have to pay property taxes on its data centres, which are sited across the world, including in Britain.
So, use ocean water to save massive amounts of electricity and hang onto more revenue at the same time. What a beautiful concept. We’ll see if google’s floating data center idea “floats” and whether it can keep politicians’ grubby hands away from these platforms or if they’ll find some way to tax.