Google is using artificial intelligence to save as much as 40 percent of the energy it uses to cool its vast data centres.
The energy consumed at these centres, where Google processes all the information consumed by its users, could account around 2 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
However, Google has claimed responsibility of 0.01 per cent of global electricity.
The technology has been created at DeepMinds, a Cambridge-based artificial intelligence company, which was acquired by Google in the year 2014. The company used machine learning to understand the environment at the centres and made it more efficient, aimed towards reducing power usage.
Google said that DeepMind’s software has managed to reduce 15 percent of total energy usage across 12 centres based in America, Europe and Asia. The company also added that it now gets 3.5 times of computing power out of the same amount of energy as it did five years ago.
In a blog post, Google said that it is expecting to increase its energy usage at the rate of four percent from 2014 to 2020. The company is also looking to be completely powered by renewable energy.
According to Google, the data centre algorithm can be used to improve efficiency in other areas.
In addition, the company also plans to benefit separate companies that are running on its cloud from the improved efficiency at the centre.