Google Announces Massive Investment in Germany's Cloud Infrastructure/Renewable Energy Resources

By Luke Bellos, Editor, TMCnet  |  September 01, 2021

Google (News - Alert) recently revealed that it will be investing $1 billion Euros (or $1.2 billion USD) over the next 10 years to support  Germany’s cloud computing infrastructure development and renewable energy initiatives.

Although the global pandemic is showing signs of slowing down, the cloud revolution appears to be moving at full capacity. The worldwide economy has experienced the benefits and convenience of cloud resources out of necessity, with many realizing that the technology has much more to offer beyond remote access. As part of Google’s investment, the company revealed it will be installing two new cloud computing centers: one located in the Berlin region, and the other in the town of Hanau.

The company has also formed a three- year strategic partnership with European utility company, Engie, to help German business operations become close to 80% carbon-free by 2022. As part of this new agreement, Engie will support Google’s cloud operations with renewable energy supported by wind and solar farms located throughout the country. The company plans to provide Google with up to 140 MW of renewable energy, as well as full access to a number of energy management resources to ensure proper functionality.

“We selected ENGIE based on its expertise in the field of decarbonization and its ability to transform how clean energy is supplied”, said Marc Oman, Senior Lead of Data Center Energy and Infrastructure at Google. "Google has been leading the way towards a carbon-free future for over a decade, and as we look forward, our goal of running entirely on 24/7 carbon-free energy around the world by 2030 will require collaboration and partnerships with energy leaders like ENGIE, that are jointly committed to long-term, sustainable energy practices.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle
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