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Green server hosting

Posted by admin on Mar 29th, 2010
Mar 29

I just received an email today from my server hosting provider that they are in the process of opening a new data center in Boston Massachusetts that will be fed 100% by wind power. Unfortunately it’s *just* the Boston colo (my server is in Seattle, they will have three total), but I think it’s awesome that they are doing anything at all. Data centers use HUGE amounts of resources so this will have a big impact on their overall footprint. I looked all over their site and blog for info about it but, alas, couldn’t find anything there. All I have as proof is the email…. This does bring to mind that I’d like to research more “green power” colocations (i.e. colos, i.e. data centers).

I’ve started on a VAWT (Vertical Access Wind Turbine) this past weekend which is made out of 2.5″ pvc tubing and 5 gallon bucket lids. We’ll see how it goes, but so far I’m having issues connecting the tubing to the lid very securely. I have the rest of the week to think it over though as I won’t have time to work on it until the weekend. I’ll update with pictures, details, and other info when it’s done. I built a rough turbine style prototype as a test last weekend, but my back yard seems to have swirling winds so the VAWT seems to make the most sense.

Researching solar oven plans

Posted by admin on Mar 13th, 2010
Mar 13

Lately I’ve been itching to retry my solar oven experiment. For one, it seems to be one of the projects that gets the most interest on this blog, and secondly I want to see how far I can take it. Someone left me a comment asking if I thought it possible to boil water, which I do – and then some. But what are the upper limits of a home made solar oven? Well, I want to bake something – how’s that for a goal?

While researching different plans for building an oven I came across this site. My favorites are the tire cooker and the Fresnel parabolic cooker. Seems that a lot of the plans on the first page are of an open air funnel design using things like a reflective car windshield shade. I’m not sure how well that might work….

I’m going to find one that I think is practical, easy to make, and has the potential of baking something and start working on it this weekend. I’m expecting to be able to cook at least part of a meal by Sunday afternoon.