Heritage science centre gets wind-powered website

History turns full circle as Green’s Mill and Science Centre gets its juice from wind-powered data centre.

James Hayes | 8th Aug 18
Image shows Vicky Stevens from web hoImage shows Green's Windmill and Science Centre. Make Hay is hosting the centre's website on computer servers powered by the wind.

A company that specialises in powering websites with green energy from the wind has helped Nottingham’s oldest wind-generated operation to boost its online presence.

Nottingham-based ethical web designer and green hosting company Make Hay has created a website for Green’s Mill and Science Centre, and is now hosting the website on computer servers that draw their electricity from the wind.

Green’s Mill was built in Sneinton in 1807 by the father of mathematical physicist George Green. Run by charitable organisation Green’s Windmill Trust, the mill has just launched a special £225,000 fundraising campaign on the 225th anniversary of George Green’s birth to help preserve the site.

Make Hay’s green website hosting is powered entirely by renewable energy. Its Centro data centre, which houses the hosting servers, routers and cooling systems, runs on wind-driven electricity from UK wind farms.

“Wind power has been harnessed for hundreds of years by windmills, and so we are delighted that the new website for Green’s Mill and Science Centre is now also being powered by renewable energy by being hosted on Make Hay’s green, wind-powered servers,” said Vicky Stevens, director at Make Hay. “The powering of data centres and cloud computing run on fossil fuels is coming close to rivalling the aviation industry as a major contributor to global carbon emissions. Hosting a website on servers powered by renewable energy is a way of making sure that organisations and businesses are kinder to the environment.”

Stevens added: “Green Hosting was one of the first, and is still one of a few truly green, UK web hosting providers, and we are proud to host a wide range of charities, businesses and organisations keen to reduce their carbon footprint… We hope that the new website will give the fund-raising effort a real boost and help Green’s Windmill Trust to meet its target.”