Developers of large-scale, solar power plants BrightSource Energy Inc. closed another $168 million investment, the company announced today — this time from Google corporate. The funds will go towards the completion of the humongous, Ivanpah solar power tower plant in the Mojave Desert now under construction.
Three years ago, Google.org invested $10 million, and took an equity stake in… → Read More
Today at the United Nations’ conference on climate change COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico Google.org introduced its latest philanthropic project, the Google Earth Engine— an analytics tool for earth scientists and conservationists especially.
Google’s philanthropic arms, Google.org, is investing a little over $10 million into the development of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). Rather than extracting heat from the ground a few hundred feet down (or less) as traditional geothermal systems do, EGS goes several kilometers deep into the hot rock under the Earth. If we could tap just two percent of that heat under the continental… → Read More
It’s almost as if they just typed “problems+the+world+is+currently+facing” into their own search engine, and gave a million dollars to everyone on the first page. They’ve got money going to renewable energy, Tanzanian entrepreneurs, $8m to various health initiatives, and a bunch more. They’re setting up an entire institute in India to do a national assessment of the… → Read More
Google.org has announced five core initiatives that will be the focus of its philanthropic efforts over the next five to ten years. The philanthropic arm of Google announced $25 million in new grants and investments to initial partners as the part of the core initiative roll out. Google.org’s five initiatives and partners include: Predict and Prevent: supporting “efforts to empower… → Read More