AI takes over at Google’s data centres

The technology firm is using the technology at a number of its facilities to optimise energy consumption

UN and Google team up to monitor environmental damage

They aim to establish a platform for open-source data and analysis of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

E.ON and Google bring rooftop solar tech to the UK

The one-year programme has been extended until the end of 2018

Google buys more green energy than it uses

The company said it “matched” its electricity use with renewables purchased globally

Google CEO: AI is ‘more profound than electricity’

The head of Google believes artificial intelligence (AI) will be a bigger deal than electricity. Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland last week, Sundar Pichai said the technology will save humanity instead of destroying it. He believes AI could eliminate many of the constraints the world currently faces, helping make “clean, […]

Google makes Street View air pollution data available

Google is now sharing air pollution information gathered by sensors on its Street View cars. The project originally aimed to detect methane leaks from old gas pipes and other sources so they could be closed off – the greenhouse gas is around 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Other sensors now also measure levels […]

Google in hot race for nuclear fusion technology

Google has entered the race for nuclear fusion technology with a US firm. The search engine giant and Tri Alpha Energy, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, have developed a new computer algorithm which has helped speed up experiments on plasmas – which are ultra-hot balls of gas. Nuclear fusion, which generates huge amounts of […]

German rooftops catch the rays with Google’s tool

Google is extending its ‘Project Sunroof’ tool into Germany in a partnership with E.ON. The move from the technology giant and energy firm marks the first time the solar viability calculator has been available outside the US. Google’s technology, which allows householders to easily determine their home’s potential solar capacity, will cover around seven million buildings […]

Google’s new tool unlocks solar rooftop potential

Google has unveiled a new tool to calculate the solar viability of rooftops. ‘Project Sunroof’ uses Google Earth imagery to allow anyone to look up their own home and see whether its worth investing in rooftop solar panels. The software takes into account the shape of roofs, local weather patterns, the position of sun in the sky at different times […]

Game of Thrones star warns winter isn’t coming

Google has teamed up with a Game of Thrones star to highlight the impacts on climate change. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known for his role as Jaime Lannister in the series, went to Greenland with Google Street View to document the “changing landscape” of the region. The newly-appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador says the effects of climate […]