Was reading this article today on Google’s initiative to expand the economics of alternative energy:
Google expands into alternative energy
MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writer
I love this paragraph here:
Toward that end, Google aims to produce one gigabyte of power from renewable energy at prices below the rates of electricity generated at coal-burning plants. One gigabyte power would be enough to supply the needs of a city the size of San Francisco.
I’m not exactly sure what one “gigabyte” of power is, but if Google is using them, I’m sure it’s a lot. 😉
I wonder if it’s comparable to the power you can generate by tapping into a clock tower that’s about to be struck by lightning.
Semi-related is the speculation that Google is building their own 10Gbit optical switches.
Guess they’ll combine their gigabytes of power with the gigabits of light. See: I knew lightning would be in there somewhere!