White roofs have the double effect of significantly reducing the air conditioning load within the building. This reduction in power consumption will probably reduce global warming by avoiding CO2 emissions as much if not more than the direct reflection effect... The peak power demand days in California are during the summer because of all the air conditioning.
One study found that there was between a 15% and 60% reduction in cooling power use just by applying a white roofing compound.
One problem with this is that high albeido (white-ish) pavement doesn't stay that way for very long because concrete ages and gets dirty.
You can read more about this here.
If this is heat rejected from a server farm, it'll be too low grade to do much with it other than heating. You might be able to heat the premise hot water a tiny bit...
Absorption chillers, the common way to do waste heat to cooling, want medium grade waste heat a lot hotter than what's coming from a server farm and steam generation is totally out of the question.
As with anything written by a reporter, engineering details are all f'ed up.
"The project is expected to produce up to nine megawatts of power for the local community."
No, the project will probably pipe 9MW of heat from the server farm over to the housing complex. Hopefully they can use 9MW of heat continuously, summer and winter.
âoeThe energy savings will equate to boiling 3,000 kettles continuously,â
Um - that's a really funny way of thinking about saving energy. 9Mw/3000= 3kw/kettle. That's a hell of a kettle.
For anyone who thinks that running a computer in their house to heat it is clever, you would do a lot better (price AND CO2 wise) just running a furnace or your heat pump. Resistance heating is the WORST way to heat a house.
If you're going to be producing the heat anyway and can find a use for it like this, please do! Don't think that because you CAN use a computer for a heater means that it makes sense.
How is a mac mini different from what you want?
Not sure where you got the 50~60k battery replacement, because it's simply not true
The state of charge of the battery in a prius is carefully kept between 45% and 75% in order to give the battery pack a long life. And by long I mean that the prius taxis used up in Vancouver with 200k+ miles on the clock still haven't failed a pack.
The only packs that have failed in service are those that have been damaged in accidents or those that have been tampered with by "tuners".
For crying out loud, all users have access to their own GOPHER space as well as more modern technologies like blogs, wikis and so forth. What more could you want?"This little Apple ][e BBS of the late 80s turned into a Public Access UNIX System with the demise of "killer.dallas.tx.us" during the "Operation Sundevil" raids. Since then it has grown to become the oldest and largest continually operating PUBNIX on the planet.
"It's like deja vu all over again." -- Yogi Berra