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  • Hopes of unlocking the vast amounts of renewable energy trapped deep underground in hot rocks have received a double boost, with and, separately, the Australian government putting significant funds into the technology.

  • Google has announced a $5bn undersea wind energy grid project. The grid system will aim to provide 1.9m homes from Virginia to New Jersey with power from wind farms off the mid-Atlantic coast. Google has not made public any timetable for construction.

  • A remote 30-acre area of scrubland in northern Oregon hosts one of Google's largest data centres. Four air-conditioned warehouses hold tens of thousands of internet servers, with industry estimates suggesting that once the centre is running at full capacity by 2011 it could require as much as 103MW ...

  • Google have launched the Powermeter, a device which allows British users to monitor their home's energy use via the Internet. The service is free but only available to users who purchase a clip-on gadget called AlertMe Energy (£69, plus £3 a month) to the meter or switch to energy supplier First Uti...

  • Google may take its battle for global domination to the high seas with the launch of its own computer navy. The company is considering deploying the supercomputers necessary to operate its internet search engines on barges anchored up to seven miles (11km) offshore. The water-based data centres ...

  • Google has invested $39m in two North Dakota wind farms, its first direct investment in a large-scale green energy project. The company said the windfarms, developed by NextEra Energy Resources, will generate enough electricity to power 55,000 homes. Google is one of the world's largest users of ele...

  • Google is developing Powermeter, a website tool that receives information from networked smart meters in homes and lets you see and analyse your energy use. The Powermeter is not yet available to use for your home (Google wants to test the meter on its own employees first) but the company is already...

  • As part of its sustainability efforts, the tech giant Google has announced what it calls the biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history.The investment, a package of agreements and 18 energy deals totalling 1.6 GW, will increase the companys global wind and solar energy portfolio by m...

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  • The ongoing increase in internet use globally is outstripping efforts to control the energy used both to operate and cool datacentres. But some new cooling technologies are available, reports Elliot Tawney.

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