Google has been using artificial intelligence from DeepMind to bring down its power bills, especially the power it uses to keep its data centers cool. This TechCrunch link claims that Google has been able to slash its cooling bill by a whopping 40% at its energy-hungry data centers.
Most of Google’s energy bills come from its data centers. There are so many servers working at the same time and it takes Google electricity equivalent to the average yearly consumption of about 3,66,903 family homes in the US to keep them from burning out. In 2014, Google says that it used 4,402,836 MWh of electricity. Saving even a few percentages of this much energy consumption can save Google millions of dollars.
Cooling systems can adjust according to the temperature of the place and various other factors. Usually, when a cooling system starts working, it consumes power at a constant rate. But an artificial intelligence system can learn how to optimize the energy being consumed by a cooling system and this is what the DeepMind artificial intelligence is achieving for Google. Google had purchased DeepMind for $600 million and experts are predicting that the company will soon recover the cost by bringing down its power bills.
Google’s data centers are scattered all over the world and they are used to support various Google Web services and mobile apps.
If the DeepMind artificial intelligence system is successfully helping Google bring down its energy consumption bills it will also have a positive impact on the environment because bringing down power consumption bills means using less power and this further means, using less resources to generate electricity.