Google, Yahoo getting their own smart grid
Joint Venture Silicon Valley is launching a smart energy project in an 8-square-mile area of Moffett Field, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. Area companies including Google and Yahoo are participating in the public-private energy initiative.
Silicon Valley is known for its sprawling tech campuses comprised of elaborate R&D workshops, thousands and thousands of tech gadgets and expansive dining options.
Now think about the energy required to power those operations.
Regional development think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley certainly has, and is now launching a public-private partnership with Google, Yahoo, Intuit and Juniper Networks, among others, to develop a smart energy grid centered around Moffett Field.
Under the initiative, an 8.25 square-mile zone that encompasses parts of North Mountain View and North Sunnyvale will become a shared testing ground for cutting edge cleantech solutions. Both of the peninsula cities and utilities providers in their jurisdiction will also participate.
“We’re trying to do two things,” Joint Venture President & CEO Russell Hancock told the Silicon Valley Business Journal. “First, we’re trying to reduce Silicon Valley’s carbon footprint. The second is we’re trying to promote Silicon Valley as the answer to this problem.”
Elements of the smart energy zone that Joint Venture hopes to have up and running by 2020 include renewable energy sources like solar, fuel cells and biogas, plus thermal and electric energy storage.
Together with electric car charging stations and analytics to ensure efficient energy usage, Hancock describes the future system as “maybe the world’s most integrated example of a smart grid.”
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