Google: Google’s Nevada facility to be powered by geothermal power

Nov 29, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Google recently announced that its data centers in Nevada will be powered by a new geothermal power plant. This project, originally announced by Google and Fervo in 2021, is a  5MW project that will use Google AI systems to help with its operations.

Michael Terrell, senior director of energy and climate at Google, said, "The US Department of Energy found that geothermal energy could provide up to 120GW of reliable, flexible generation capacity in the US by 2050 and generate over 16 percent of the US’ anticipated electricity needs.”

He added, “Geothermal is a viable clean energy option in many regions where it’s difficult to build other renewable energy sources, notably the Asia Pacific region. Still, geothermal is not yet widely used, because traditional technologies can only be deployed economically in areas where underground heat is easily accessible."

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