Google hoped to go completely green. They believe in Mann-made global warming caused by carbon dioxide. And so for some four years, they've had their top engineers and scientists hard at work, looking for ways to make renewable energy a reality. Of course, we already have that; we call it hydropower, and that's why they located a server farm at The Dalles, Oregon - right next to a Columbia River dam.
But the Greenies don't regard hydro as a legitimate source of renewable energy, so Google threw its considerable resources into a search for ways to make solar or wind or hydrogen power economically feasible. And in a new IEEE article, they've made the results known: it can't be done.
As has been discussed on this site many times in the past, it's simply ludicrous to call wind and solar "renewable energy" sources, because constructing them requires at least as much energy as they'll produce in their operational lifetimes. That energy has to come from somewhere, and given the current situation in the USA, that's down to three sources: coal, natural gas, and hydro (nucular - as Dubya called it - is off the table because it's worse than GMO or DDT).
A research effort by Google corporation to make renewable energy viable has been a complete failure, according to the scientists who led the programme. After 4 years of effort, their conclusion is that renewable energy “simply won’t work”.
In a sense, it's kind of sad that so much intellect, time, and money have been spent in an effort to force the unworkable to somehow magically work. Unfortunately, that's sometimes what it takes to bring people out of AlGore's Wonderland and confront the stark realities. This is one of those times.