In the past few years, Translated’s energy consumption linked to AI tasks has increased exponentially, and it now accounts for two thirds of the company’s total consumption. Unfortunately, training translation models for just one language can produce as much CO2 as driving a car for thousands of kilometers. For this reason we have acquired the plant located in Sannazzaro de’ Burgondi (near Pavia, in the north of Italy) and dubbed “il Luciòn” (“the big light” in the local vernacular) for about €800,000. Although some restructuring works are required, the former owner had already revamped the original Kaplan turbines inside the watermill — among the first in Europe used to produce electricity — and the plant is already active.
Reuse is rooted in Translated’s DNA. Our founders Marco Trombetti and Isabelle Andrieu started as early as 15 years ago by replacing plastic bottles with canteens and water filters, adopting tissue towels, and providing office kitchens with ceramic dishware.