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Amazon buys 50% of the energy built by Shell Wind in the Netherlands

Amazon buys 50% of the energy built by Shell Wind in the Netherlands

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the co-founding of the Climate Pledge at the National Press Club on September 19, 2019 in Washington.

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London – Amazon It announced on Monday that it plans to buy half of the energy produced by a new huge wind farm in the Netherlands.

Shell and Enco Received the right to build The 759-megawatt wind farm in the North Sea last July and Amazon said it would now buy more than 380 megawatts of its production to run its European operations.

Amazon said the “Amazon-Shell HKN Offshore Wind Power Project” will be the largest renewable energy project on a single site to date. The offshore wind farm is expected to be operational by 2023.

The wind farm is located 18.5 kilometers off the Dutch coast and covers an area of ​​125 square kilometers, and will be managed by CrossWind Consortium, a joint venture between Shell and Eneco.

It will reportedly feature 69 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines with a capacity of 11 MW and a rotor diameter of 200 meters.

The offshore wind farm will include five technology demonstrations that could be implemented on a large scale in the future, including a floating solar garden and “optimally tuned turbines”.

Technology becomes environmentally friendly

Like other tech giants, Amazon is looking to use its billions to drive more renewable energy sources and reduce carbon emissions.

Corporate data centers around the world use vast amounts of electricity to perform computing tasks for Amazon and other companies.

Over the years, Greenpeace has accused Amazon of being relatively secretive about the energy sources it uses to run the centers, which are run by Amazon Web Services.

Amazon has also been criticized for increasing pollution from its planes and trucks, and for using excessive amounts of cardboard when packaging its products.

Amazon said the Netherlands project would bring it closer to its goal of being carbon free by 2040 and allow it to phase out 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years earlier than previously planned.

The company said it now has 187 solar and wind projects worldwide. This includes 125 rooftop solar installations in its huge warehouses, which it calls implementation centers.

Amazon said the largest rooftop solar installation in Europe is located in the UK and is the equivalent of 28 soccer fields, meaning it could produce enough power for 700 homes for one year.

Amazon added that its renewable energy projects now generate more than 6.9 gigawatts and provide more than 20 million megawatt hours of energy annually.

Amazon claims to be the second largest buyer of renewable energy in the world.

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