Don’t be ‘clean’: Google abandons renewable energy project

Larry has turned the Page on Google’s “Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal” project.

Reuters reports,

Google Inc has abandoned an ambitious project to make renewable energy cheaper than coal, the latest target of Chief Executive Larry Page’s moves to focus the Internet giant on fewer efforts.

Google said on Tuesday that it was pulling the plug on seven projects, including Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal as well as a Wikipedia-like online encyclopedia service known as Knol…
Google began making investments and doing research into technology to drive down the price of renewable energy in 2007, with a particular focus on solar power technology.

In 2009, the company’s so-called Green Energy Czar, Bill Weihl, told Reuters that he expected to demonstrate within a few years working technology that could produce renewable energy at a cheaper price than coal.

“It is even odds, more or less,” Weihl said at the time. “In three years, we could have multiple megawatts of plants out there.”

A Google spokesman said that Weihl had left Google earlier this month…

Read the full Reuters article.

One thought on “Don’t be ‘clean’: Google abandons renewable energy project”

  1. I must get a new thesaurus:
    Similes for “ambitious” in mine don’t include “fantastic”, “preposterous”, “unrealistic”, “irrational”, “ill-informed”, “hare-brained”, “conceited”, … nor any other term that I’d associate with the project; other than in a sarcastic tone.

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