posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 06:34 PM
So I was reading an article on Popular Science and apparently Google is sucking 260 Million watts of electricity constantly, which is about a quarter
of what a nuclear power plant can produce.
After years of playing such numbers extremely close to the vest, Google today released figures spelling out exactly how much electricity the
company’s massive computing resources consume. Its data centers continuously draw 260 million watts--roughly a quarter the output of a nuclear power
plant, says the NYT--to keep services like Gmail, search, Google Ads, and YouTube up and running around the clock and around the globe.
How does that translate? Google also estimated that its total carbon emissions for 2010 were just below 1.5 million metric tons. Not all of Google’s
electricity comes from carbon resources--a quarter comes from renewable fuels like wind, thanks to some deals the company has made with utilities--but
that’s still some decent tonnage.
Now with everything that Google is doing, and everything that they are running I feel it is worth it. I agree with their statement below but 1.5
million metric tons of carbon emissions is alot.
Still, Google argues that its consumption really isn’t so bad. Its data centers carry out billions of operations--a billion searches per day
alone--and many of those save fuel. Google searches save trips to the library or the travel agent, for instance, offsetting the power consumed by its
processing farms. And when you break it down it’s not so bad, considering the vast numbers of people using Google’s services. The company said an
average user consumes just 180-watt hours per month, which roughly equates to running a 60-watt light bulb for three hours.
And how does that power usage break down? Google apparently didn’t detail every last watt, but it did say that search queries only burn 12.5 million
of those 260 million watts.
So with Youtube, Search, Gmail, Maps, Earth, and Google's many many other tools that make our life easier, uses a lot of resources and produces a lot
of waste. Will the things that make our life more easier destroy our earth faster or will the tools Google provide us actually balance out what we
would use otherwise if we didn't have their tools?
I cant see myself without Google search and gmail. Is it sad that I do not care they produce this much carbon emissions? I was trying to find some
other things to compare is too but wasn't having much luck. I just wanted to see if that was really a lot like it seems or is the number relativity
close to a factory or something.