Power of the Sun
The industry is looking at ways to develop mechanisms for effectively using alternate sources of energy, especially solar energy
What it takes for a revolution to begin is a small initiative. For many years a lot has been said and talked about alternative energy and its effective use for the industries. CSR initiatives by major corporates have been done in the last few years but they are only in name.
But over the years, serious and progressive projects have been worked upon to develop mechanisms for use of alternate sources of energy in powering the small-scale tech gears. Recently, IBM astonished the industry by its first solar power array, designed specifically to run high-voltage data centers, integrating AC and DC based servers, water- cooled computing systems, and related electronics. This idea was conceived, executed, and is currently used internally by IBM. The new array is spread over more than 6,000 sq ft of rooftop covering IBM’S India Software Lab in Bengaluru. The solar array is capable of providing a 50 kilowatt supply of electricity for upto 330 days a year for an average of 5 hours a day. It is claimed that the new IBM solution can cut energy consumption of data centers by about 10% and tailor solar technology for wider use in the industrial IT and electronics installations.
In many emerging markets, electrical grids are undependable or nonexistent. Companies are forced to rely on expensive diesel generators. That makes it difficult and expensive to deploy a lot of computers especially in the concentrated way they’re used in data centers.
Even though solar energy is not ideal to run data centers as they need constant powering facility and solar energy is not reliable in that regard. Power by solar production can fluctuate and a data center needs a steady, uninterrupted supply of power. To this problem, DC server instead of AC server is an answer. The emergence of DC servers is making solar energy, which flows out of solar panels in DC also, a more attractive source of power supply. Given such effective methods to power servers and technical gears; a bank, a telecommunications company, or a government agency could contemplate setting up a data center that doesn’t need a grid. The solution, in effect, creates its own DC mini-grid inside the data center.
Green initiatives in data centers and servers have also been around for some time but at a very negligible level. What it requires is a strong initiative to build up mechanisms and infrastructure for alternative energies to be utilized in powering servers and technical gears at the backend for cost effective functioning.