Google is determined to help make the planet greener. They seek solutions that would change how things are operated, spark innovation through research work, and opportunities for future projects. Google knows that it is a learning process and each answer leads the company closer to a sustainable world.
Google’s team of engineers is working around the clock to find how to make renewable energy cheaper than coal. The company has invested millions of dollars in various green energy sources, from geothermal technology to solar thermal. It is the company’s hopes that the answer to this question will be found soon.
The search engine giant has several green innovations that can help make a sustainable Earth into a reality. Below are some of them.
Google launched the Earth Engine, which is a platform that turns several satellite photos from space into an online tool. This enables users from around the world to monitor and measure the changes in the earth’s environment. Scientists from across the planet can access the Earth Engine to incorporate the information with their applications. It can be used to study desertification, deforestation, and global warming just to name a few.
Google also developed the PowerMeter. This application can help families monitor their daily energy consumption. This tool can help people make their homes more energy efficient. The Google PowerMeter can be downloaded here for free. With the tool the user can see how much energy the household consumes by the day, week or month. It will also display the power that is always on. A lot of appliances are always on and people are not aware of it. With the tool, the user can determine what these appliances are and turn them off when not in use. Through the tool, the user can also set an energy savings goal as well as predict one’s annual energy bill.
Google is one of the corporations that first embraced solar energy. In 2007, it built the largest corporate solar panel installation during that time. The 1.6 megawatts of solar PV panels at its Mountain View campus is capable to power at least 1,000 California homes. The solar panels cover the roofs of the four main buildings of the Googleplex as well as the two buildings across the street.
It’s not only in the solar power sector that Google invested in. The company has also invested on two wind farms that generate 169.5 megawatts of power. The farms are located in North Dakota.
These are just some of the innovations that Google has introduced. To learn more about Google Green projects, check out its web site here.