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Google abandons renewable energy project

• Matt Warman via The Telegraph

The search giant said in a blog post that the moves were part of its continued ‘spring cleaning’, instigated by new CEO, co-founder Larry Page.

Urs Hölzle, the company’s Senior Vice President for Operations and a Google Fellow, said that the “Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (RE initiative was developed as an effort to drive down the cost of renewable energy, with an RE

The company has published the results of its work to date, and said it was investing more than $850 million in renewable energy technologies.

Google is also closing Knol, which it launched in 2007 “to help improve web content by enabling experts to collaborate on in-depth articles”. It has instead created Annotum, which it describes as “an open-source scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress”. Knol will work until the end of April.

Google conceded that its projects have not all been as successful as it had wished.

 

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