According to InformationWeek, Google has been granted a patent for its floating data center design. The patent describes a data center that could be located on a ship, platform, or on shore, using the tidal motion to generate electricity and seawater for equipment cooling.
The idea may or may not materialize. Google says there is nothing in the works at this time.
"We file patent applications on a variety of ideas that our employees come up with. Some of those ideas later mature into real products, services or infrastructure, some don't. We do a lot to make our infrastructure scalable and cost efficient, but at this time we have nothing to announce regarding this specific technology."