Greenpeace: Stopping Amazon Deforestation
Amazon.com, the largest e-commerce company, has announced that it plans to buy up to half of the energy generated by a giant new wind farm located off the coast of the Netherlands..
Shell and Eneco won the right to build a 759 MW wind farm in the North Sea last July, and Amazon said it will now acquire more than 380 MW of generated capacity to support its operations in Europe..
Amazon stated that «Amazon-Shell HKN Offshore Wind Project» will be its largest renewable energy project. The offshore wind farm is expected to be operational by 2023.
The wind farm, located 18.5 km off the Dutch coast and covering an area of 125 square kilometers, will be operated by the CrossWind consortium, a joint venture between Shell and Eneco.
It is reported that 69 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines with a capacity of 11 MW and a rotor diameter of 200 meters will be installed on it..
The offshore wind farm will include five technology demonstrations that could be fully implemented in the future, including a floating solar park and «optimally tuned turbines».
Like other tech giants, Amazon aims to use its billions to pay for additional renewables and cut carbon emissions..
Data centers of companies around the world use massive 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 power its Amazon Web Services data centers..
Amazon has also been criticized for increasing pollution from airplanes and vans, and for using excessive amounts of cardboard when packaging its products..
Amazon says the Dutch project will move the company closer to its goal of achieving zero carbon emissions by 2040 and will allow the use of 100% renewable energy sources by 2025, which is five years earlier than previously planned.
The company said it currently has 187 solar and wind projects worldwide. This includes 125 rooftop solar installations in its huge warehouses, which Amazon calls fulfillment centers..
The largest rooftop solar installation in Europe is in the UK and the equivalent of 28 football pitches, which means it can produce enough energy for 700 homes in one year, according to Amazon..
Amazon added that its renewable energy projects currently generate over 6.9 gigawatts and supply over 20 million megawatt hours of energy annually..
Amazon claims to be the second largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world.