Running big-draw server farms on fuel cells, solar and wind | MNN

Nov 28th, 2012 | By | Category: General

Server farms use a lot of energy. How much, exactly? According to CNN, more than the entire auto industry does in producing cars and trucks. If the Internet were a country, it would be in fifth place for using energy and producing greenhouse gas.

Now some big server users are trying to turn their amp-guzzling ships around. Study that energy flow at left, and we’ll get to it in a minute. Google says it wants to be zero emission, which is quite a feat considering that the company emitted 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2010 (the most recent year available). According to Fortune, Google’s 30,000 employees have a collective carbon footprint equal to that of the entire city of Fargo, N.D. (with more than 200,000 happy residents).

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