Green Solutions - Current and Future

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Green Solutions - Current and Future

This thread is intended to be a collection of green solutions that have already been deployed or are in the process of gearing up. This includes countries and companies that have begun transitioning

Some costs may be high at the moment but mass production brings that down considerably. 


It took a great deal for me to get past my own skepticism. Reporting this story, I was repeatedly reminded of science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke’s famous dictum that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” But I’m convinced that this thing is not magic. It is real, and it’s a big deal.

Digital measurement and management of electricity is a huge deal — and very complicated

If it proves out, the implications of what 3DFS calls “software-defined electricity” (SDE) are almost beyond reckoning. To begin with, recovering some or most of the lost electricity on the grid would amount to finding a huge new source of zero-carbon power — a powerful resource in the fight against climate change.

And that’s just the beginning. SDE promises to improve efficiency on both ends as well, making generators more efficient and boosting the performance of every electrical device (including storage, like batteries) in every environment, and reducing consumption and waste heat.

It promises to hasten electrification of the economy, radically reduce infrastructure costs, and open up new lines of science and inquiry. It is not exaggerating to say that it could change our relationship to electricity more than anything since the days of Nikola Tesla.....

3DFS came back a year later with a commercial product and Heuberger agreed to let them demonstrate it in the miniature data center his company has built as a testbed for new products.

“Hey, dude, it looks like it’s working!”

“I remember the moment and I get goosebumps,” Heuberger recounted to me. “We hooked it up to our system — it took maybe 30 minutes until it was all installed — and [the 3DFS engineer] said ‘I’ll turn it on now.’ Click.”

Power consumption dropped by 20 percent, server temperature dropped by 20 degrees, and PQR reached the high 90s.

“I went to my UPS displays, was able to see everything he was seeing, and said, ‘Turn it back off,’” Heuberger recalls. “He turned it off, everything went back to crazy, ugly, shitty load distribution.”

“We did this a couple of times,” he laughs. “I figure ... he cannot manipulate this, right? I said, ‘Hey, dude, it looks like it’s working!’”