Google possibly building floating, water-based data center in San Francisco Bay


Barge BAL0010 in San Francisco is about to be the new home of what some believe is a floating data center currently being built by Google. According to some really solid CNET reporting, the tech giant is working on a revolutionary “water based data center.”

In 2009, Google actually filed for a patent for a “system [that] includes a floating platform-mounted computer data center comprising a plurality of computing units, a sea-based electrical generator in electrical connection with the plurality of computing units, and one or more sea-water cooling units for providing cooling to the…computing units.”

This project could very well fulfill that patent’s dream.

It makes perfect sense that Google would want to try going this route with a data center. It’s easy to deploy to areas that are in most need of Internet infrastructure, there is little-to-no pollution created by wave-generated energy, and a floating data center can produce plenty of power by itself. Not to mention the water that it’s floating on is integral for a cheap cooling system.

The whole project is completely hush-hush, as we hear that some of the Google employees working on the project don’t even know the full scope of what it is.

Google has done a great job, up until now, of covering their tracks, including setting up a fake LLC just to purchase the barge and keep everything under wraps.

According to some marine officials, this barge isn’t just your average barge— it’s big and strong enough to travel wherever the owner takes it. That means that this data center could be intended for somewhere much further away from the San Francisco Bay.

Check out the full in-depth report from CNET below.

Source: CNET


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  • millgate


    It only takes a handful of VOLTS to release Hydrogen from sea water … and I have driven and daily continue to do so … a Volvo Wagon that proves this point – and have done so for the past 5 years.

    So, with limitless, cheap, FREE HYDROGEN, for fuel; powering this behemoth of a Data (Control) Centre suggests that Google can plan – and is probably actively planning to move it and to place it – virtually ANYWHERE ON EARTH; where it could tap into ANY communications system for ANY purpose you and I care to imagine or name.

    A network of these installations will be HUGELY more cost effective, human friendly, easy to manage and sustain – and far less costly to protect – than anything we might consider placing in space.

    I’ll be sure I’m on the right track – when we begin to see such installations floating just in international waters and within a few, vertical, fathoms of the planet’s international networks of undersea communications cables.

    In fact, joking aside (and with my tongue firmly in my cheek …), I can think of nothing more cost effective – as a ‘launch pad’ for global domination – than a fleet of these ‘not so little’ babies !!

  • millgate

    C’mon people … it has taken you less that a minute to take my first post on this topic … down.

    I’m an approaching octogenarian and no threat to Google.

    In fact, I need Google to maintain my comms and my family connections.

    Tell me I’m not too close for comfort !