When I was a kid, one of my neighbors had a solar radiometer. It’s a glass bulb about the size of a baseball, with diamond-shaped panels connected to a spindle. The panels, black on one side and silver on the other, would turn on the spindle when exposed to light.
I enjoyed experimenting with the gizmo, edging it in and out of the sunbeam that shone through a window and onto their kitchen table. How close to the light did the radiometer need to be for the panels to move? What if I shaded it with a piece of cardboard? How fast would the spindle turn if I put the radiometer fully in the light? Read More »
Tags: alternative energy, Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, power, radiometer, solar
One of the first things many companies do at the start of a Data Center project is look around to see what other companies have done. Wouldn’t it be great to have a book that showcases innovative Data Centers and has insights from the people who designed and operate them?
I thought so, too.
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Tags: Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, ebay, facebook, Green, IBM, Intel, The Art of the Data Center, Yahoo
I love it when a small discovery causes me think about the big picture.
I’ve been researching water-related factoids for this week’s Data Center Deconstructed video on hydropower. Along the way, I uncovered this tidbit from the U.S. Geological Survey: Read More »
Tags: alternative energy, Cisco, coc-data-center, dams, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, Green, hydro, hydroelectricity, hydropower, Water
When I worked as a newspaper reporter, there was one type of story my fellow writers and I always dreaded.
Weather stories. I’m not talking about covering a major event like a tornado threatening the region or about investigating the impact of a drought on the local agriculture industry. Those are compelling stories and we were glad to do them. Read More »
Tags: alternative energy, Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, financial incentives, wind, wind turbines, windmills
What would you do if the next time you drove your car, you noticed a small amount of fuel leaking from it? What if all cars on the road had similar leaks?
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Tags: AC, alternating current, Cisco, coc-data-center, conversion losses, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, DC, direct current, Energy, power