Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Shepherds Flat Wind Farm

A wind farm is a group of wind turbines in the same location used for production of electric power. A large wind farm may consist of several hundred individual wind turbines, and cover an extended area of hundreds of square miles, but the land between the turbines may be used for agricultural or other purposes. A wind farm may also be located offshore.

Shepherds Flat Wind Farm is a planned wind farm near Arlington, Oregon, United States and is expected to be fully built in 2012. The wind farm is projected to be the largest land-based wind farm in the world when it is completed. The Thanet farm off the coast of Kent, Britain is the largest offshore wind farm.

Google has just invested 100 million dollars into the Shepherds Flat project which is an important step and its what is needed in US. US needs large companies investing in large projects in USA that make it less dependent on foreign imports i.e oil.

What is amazing though is how in one day, 15 billion dollars was wiped out of value of Google just because Google was perceived to spend to much on keeping it's good employee's and that CEO wasn't able to answer questions in a business speak manner.

Man how much good would it do to the world economy, if Google was able to spend that 15 billion on clean energy projects. Crazy times.

Google just posted about earth day in which it outlined the things it is doing to try and make renewable energy cheaper then coal. One of the interesting implementations is cutting data centres energy requirements by using machines that can handle heat.

We used to have an issues with our air conditioners, so our server room would get so hot, you could nearly fry an egg on the wooden bench. All the intel boxes would shutdown but Sun box's kept running. To me not having your data centre act like a refrigerator is a good example of risk management and saving our environment. For us to use less energy we are going to have to take more risks and be less comfortable but what are the consequences if we don't?


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