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General Chat Thread, Solar Powered PCs & Servers in General; Hey guys, Quick one. You know that we offer everything IT? Well, I've had a meeting this morning with a ...
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    Solar Powered PCs & Servers

    Hey guys,

    Quick one. You know that we offer everything IT? Well, I've had a meeting this morning with a firm that want to partner up with us offering solar powered ict suites.

    What do you guys think?

    I'm waiting on more details but it saves between 60-100% on power. You can have them custom built to your exact spec and they fit on the back of your monitor.

    I've told them that I'll go away, speak to a few schools and get there feedback before getting them back in the office for further talks.

    TIA

    Luke

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    Honestly, they sound either really low powered, or based on florida sun with those figures

    Considering most computer rooms aren't exactly filled with huge windows, and beaming sun I'd be interested to see how those figures etc fit into it.

    And then of course cost dependant.

    Steve

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    depends on costs, certainly would be an interesting.

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    Teacher: "ITS SUNNY, QUICK LOG ON!".

    then

    "ITS CLOUDING OVER, SAVE YOUR WORK, SAVE YOUR WORK!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    Honestly, they sound either really low powered, or based on florida sun with those figures

    Considering most computer rooms aren't exactly filled with huge windows, and beaming sun I'd be interested to see how those figures etc fit into it.

    And then of course cost dependant.

    Steve
    Ah, I should have said. The panels are on the roof and the power is transfered via cat5e.

    The PCs themselves can still be plugged in and you will still get a 60% saving

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    Isn't that just called solar panels then?

    We have a huge amount of solar panels linked into our school from the roof, but it's just added into generic electricity. No way they'd power all our computers though not with those figures

    Do you have any more information in terms of the specs/power usage etc?

    Steve

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    Depends on the capital outlay how the energy savings stack up. The best solar installs are looking at 5-10 year break even on the capital outlay, even when the power is being fed into the grid AND the feed in tariff is subsidised above the normal KW/h buyback cost (i.e. you get paid more for generating than you would to buy the power). If the kit is actually powering the PC's then you need some kind of local energy storage and that can only add cost, complexity and (key for a school) safety issues.

    Sounds to me a bit dodgy actually. I can't see it would be of much benefit to a school to invest in solar given many are struggling with budgets. The payback is just too far off (your year 7's may have left by the time you start to benefit from the money you spent that was associated with funding their place).

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    You don't have to use Solar. Even if you used the grid, you'll still save 60%.

    I'm getting them to send over the "bumf" tomorrow with the stats regarding power etc so I'll update you all then.

    Sounds like an interesting options so far though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millgate View Post
    You don't have to use Solar. Even if you used the grid, you'll still save 60%.
    Maybe I'm being stupid at the end of the day, but if it's energy saving computers, where's the solar part come into it then? Assumed you meant powered by the solar? Feel I'm being stupid so ignore me if i'm missing something obvious...

    Steve

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    Checks date.... Not April 1st....
    Checks outside ..... Dark
    Checks Weather for next few months.... Not much sun.....

    Not Sure If Serious??

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    Checks date.... Not April 1st....
    Checks outside ..... Dark
    Checks Weather for next few months.... Not much sun.....

    Not Sure If Serious??
    LMFAO! No Luke is right it's a serious solution, and I think a couple of sales have been made. One here; Solar Ready Ltd Cadoxton Primary School ( Solar Powered ) - YouTube and the project won Outstanding ICT Partnership at the TES Schools Awards 2012. Not my cup of char though.

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    Yup, that's the stuff

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    @Millgate just tread carefully. One of my contacts at a supplier had moved from a company who folded as they looked at the solar market for Devices. It didnt go very far.

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    Can you sell back unused energy to the grid? Is their anything that we could publicly show to say "look at how green we are"

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    Any PFI school wont be able to do this because of the red tape. Plus lots of PFI schools get the electric bills paid for as part of the rent agreed in the contract, so would the school would see little gain anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    Checks date.... Not April 1st....
    Checks outside ..... Dark
    Checks Weather for next few months.... Not much sun.....

    Not Sure If Serious??
    It doesn't need to be sunny, they generate power on a dull day.

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