Latest in Culture

Image credit:

Google's turning an old semiconductor plant into a data center

The company wants to make it an environmentally friendly site.
Mariella Moon, @mariella_moon
December 23, 2015
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

It's a happy holiday season indeed for Clarksville, Tennessee officials. Google vice president for Data Center Operations Joe Kava has confirmed to The Leaf-Chronicle that the company is turning the old 1,300-acre Hemlock Semiconductor site in the city into a $600 million data center. Kava says Google has big plans for this site and wants it to become "one of the world's most efficient and most technically advanced data center campuses." As part of its plans to achieve that goal, the company aims to offset 100 percent of the data center's electricity use with renewable energy.

Mountain View has already purchased 2 gigawatts of renewable electricity, and it will most likely buy more once the plant's already operational a few years from now. This isn't the first structure Google has snapped up to repurpose into a data center: there's also the old coal plant in Jackson County that the company bought this year and the paper mill in Finland that it turned into a seawater-cooled facility.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

View
Apple is reportedly planning 'Apple One' subscription bundles

Apple is reportedly planning 'Apple One' subscription bundles

View
Huge video game companies are exposing Apple's iOS hypocrisy

Huge video game companies are exposing Apple's iOS hypocrisy

View
USPS appears to be retiring vital machines ahead of mail-in ballot surge

USPS appears to be retiring vital machines ahead of mail-in ballot surge

View
Netflix confirms it's adding playback speed controls to its Android app

Netflix confirms it's adding playback speed controls to its Android app

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr