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May 22, 2015updated 30 Aug 2016 12:29pm

Intel goes green with Silicon Valley wind turbines

Chipmaker installs wind turbines to power its headquarters in Silicon Valley.

By Joao Lima

Intel has deployed 58 JLM Energy’s Zefr micro-turbines on the roof of its Santa Clara, US, headquarters.

On top of generating power for its building, Intel will use the project to understand the feasibility of small-scale wind application for power generation and how to optimise future installations.

The company added that it will share the data extracted from the turbines with local companies to enhance green energy adoption across the region.

The six to seven ft tall turbines, installed at the Robert Noyce Building, are expected to generate power 65% of the time, "most likely during the often-breezy afternoon hours".

Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO said: "Intel is proud of this [micro-turbine project]. We want people to see this, and to know that we’re thinking about new ways to do things."

Since 2008, Intel has invested $118 million in energy conservation and completed over 2,300 projects.

The company added that these investments generated cumulative energy cost savings of $249 million through the end of 2014.

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