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Amazon further powers cloud service data centres

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it will build and operate a 100-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Ohio that will power its current and future cloud service data centres.

The project, called the Amazon Wind Farm US Central, is expected to generate about 320,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind power per year beginning in May 2017; that’s enough electricity to power more than 29,000 U.S. homes a year.

While AWS’s latest wind farm is dwarfed by previously announced projects, it is still large compared to those typically built by non-utility businesses.

For example, one of the largest wind farms to be completed this year was the 300MW Jumbo Road wind project located about 50 miles southwest of Amarillo, Texas. The project was commissioned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary BHE Renewables, an electricity utility that sells power to Austin Energy. That wind farm cost more than $1 billion to build.

Wind-powered energy, the second-largest category of renewable electricity generation, is expected to grow on average by 2.4 percent every year to become the largest power contributor by 2038. Other than hydroelectric, all other renewable forms of energy are expected to grow faster — but they are starting from a smaller base. For example, photovoltaics (solar) power generation is expected to grow by 6.8 percent per year, geothermal by 5.5 percent, and biomass by 3.1 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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Renewable energy source projected growth over the next 25 years.

Amazon has launched a handful of wind farm projects and other renewable energy initiatives over the past two years as it moves toward a goal of 100 percent renewable energy use.

In April 2015, AWS announced that it was getting about 25 percent of its power from renewable energy sources; it plans to increase that level to 40 percent by the end of 2016.

In January 2015, Amazon announced a renewable project with the Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) in Benton County, Indiana, which is expected to generate 500,000MWh of wind power annually.

In June 2015, the company announced Amazon Solar Farm US East in Virginia, which is expected to generate 170,000 MWh of solar power annually. And in July 2015, AWS announced Amazon Wind Farm US East in North Carolina, which is expected to generate more than 670,000 MWh of energy annually.

Also this year, Amazon unveiled a pilot of Tesla’s energy storage batteries that are designed to help bridge the gap between intermittent production, from sources like wind, and a data centre’s constant power demand.

Along with the new Amazon Wind Farm US Central, Amazon said its renewable projects will deliver more than 1.6 million MWh of renewable energy into electric grids across the central and eastern U.S., or roughly the equivalent amount of energy required to power 150,000 homes.

 

Originally published on ComputerWorld. Reprinted with permission from IDG.net. Story copyright 2017 International Data Group. All rights reserved.
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  1. Amazon soon won’t ever be able to do any cloud business. Why?

    Amazon uses SQL, Structured Query Language for its SQL databases, for which Amazon is supposed to provide its cloud service. However, queries have nothing to do with data, webpages, etc. – they stay absolutely separately, aside from data, webpages, they don’t help to structure data at all. One can structure queries as long as one wants – it does not help to structure data. (See the history of IBM? SAP? Oracle? They could not.)
    SQL databases are amorphous objects that are not structured in any manner, they are piles of words, signs, numbers, formulas, etc.
    However, there is another way: Oracle already structures unstructured data
    1. Oracle obtains statistics on queries and data from the data itself, internally’.
    3. Oracle gets 100% patterns from data.
    4. Oracle uses synonyms searching.
    5. Oracle indexes data by common dictionary.
    6. Oracle killed SQL, there SQL either does not use statistics at all or uses manually assigned one.

    Amazon won’t be able to compete with Oracle soon.

    Also, Being structured information, advertisements search for people by themselves, based on their profile of structured data, within their own computers: the people stay absolutely passive, invisible on Internet, they receive information as they receive mails. Therefore, Amazon as Internet trading place is gone as well as all other Internet search engines.

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