Google Barges Into the Ocean
According to Ron Schenone at Lockergnome, the company wants to have barges built three to seven miles off shore , and in 50 to 70 meters of water. Why could they possibly want this? To house data centers of course. Where else are they going to hold the digital version of every newspaper in history?
It makes perfect sense that Google would expand into the sea. There’s only so much room in outer space, which I assume they are saving for later (so far they’re only sending satellites up; not settling on space stations as far as I know).Seriously though, they’ve filed a patent for the "Water-based data center". Data Center Knowledge explains:
The Google design incorporates the Pelamis Wave Energy Converter units, which use the motion of ocean surface waves to create electricity and can be combined to form "wave farms." The largest existing project uses seven Pelamis units to generate about 5 megawatts of power. Diagrams included with Google’s patent application indicate the company plans to combine 40 or more Pelamis units to produce 40 megawatts of power.
The patent documents describe a cooling system based on sea-powered pumps and seawater-to-freshwater heat exchangers.
It actually sounds really interesting and innovative, which would explain the patent-filing. Once they get these things going, there will be plenty of room in the world’s oceans for them to expand. Once the ocean’s surfaces and the galaxy are thoroughly dominated by Google, there should still be plenty of room under water.