Google: Vedvarende energi skal være billigere end kul
Det kan man da kalde et ambitiøst mål, fra et firma der nok har midlerne til at gøre forsøget.
The project, dubbed Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal, is hiring dozens of engineers and targeting investment financing at advanced solar thermal power, wind power, enhanced geothermal systems and other new technologies, Google said.Link til Google egen side om projektet.
The Web services and online advertising group will be a big customer for the project, running computers and networks on the electricity and selling back what's left to the power grid.
"Our goal is to produce one gigawatt of renewable energy capacity that is cheaper than coal. We are optimistic this can be done in years, not decades," Larry Page, Google's co-founder and president of products, said in a statement.
A gigawatt can power a city the size of San Francisco. An analyst at broker Raymond James noted the entire U.S. solar cell generation capacity at the end of 2006 was only just over half a gigawatt, while 11.6 gigawatts came from wind power.