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tobytoby
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re: IBM tries running data centers on solar power
tobytoby   12/1/2011 8:47:57 PM
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I must say, the guy has guts tinkering around with solar panels in the wet climate. This dude still around

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docdivakar   11/28/2011 7:57:30 AM
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Kris, you got it right, this more a PR than substance for IBM! Its facility in Bangalore doesn't have the area needed for mounting the requisite solar panels. I am guessing here, 50KW was probably the max IBM could get out of its installation in B'lore. But a co-generation facility utilizing wind and perhaps biomass can perhaps add a few kW's more to the solar panel's output. MP Divakar

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Kinnar   11/25/2011 11:35:26 AM
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Hats off to a wonderful initiative being taken by IBM, Data Centers are the place where the solar panel can be best suited and applied. The technology can be given best start-up from this kind of high end sophisticated power usage. Great work done IBM.

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SylvieBarak   11/23/2011 7:15:45 PM
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Nope, no response yet. I guess this is down to Thanksgiving, meaning a lot of people are on holiday this week. Will post an update as soon as I have one.

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wilber_xbox   11/23/2011 6:19:59 PM
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did you get any response from IBM. Do you know who are the people involved in this project?

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Michael.Cowan_#3   11/23/2011 5:32:25 PM
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A step in the right direction, but need far more solar and wind.Most data center signle 7 foot frames 19 inches wide can consume 30 to 50KW using the highest perforkmance TDP processors

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dementor_#1   11/23/2011 1:51:43 PM
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The context here is that industries in Bangalore have to undergo enforced power cuts for 4-5 hours and resort to diesel generators ..hence the 5 hour per day calculation

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DickH   11/22/2011 9:12:09 PM
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I must be misunderstanding something. What kind of data center only runs for 5 hours a day?

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sharps_eng   11/22/2011 9:06:13 PM
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I do business with a sub-contractor in India and he suffers intermittent AC power, so he needs extra batteries to run his UPS to keep working. One day recently he had to stop because his reserve power was exhausted. It used to be like that in the West, in country districts and farms you just lived your life around resources that came and went. Are we seeing IBM repurposing themselves as a green utility provider, or is this just to sell servers to the third world?

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DrQuine   11/22/2011 8:04:00 PM
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As Prabhakar mentioned, an essential additional benefit here is to be self sufficient in power when the grid is unreliable. While solar cell power may command a slight premium; backup power systems are staggeringly expensive and often noisy and unreliable. If the solar cells allow the data center to be more reliable and to eliminate a generator, the payback is probably very good. Starting solar cell deployment where power is unreliable is a great strategy.

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