A solar powered PC? It sounds too good to be true! Well, I had to know more, so I went to Tom’s Hardware and checked out the article above. It’s very professionally written and researched, and the grand experiment seems to be a huge success. Of course, at $5,000 for the solar panels needed to power this PC and specially selected hardware that reduced average wattage, it’s hardly your average box, or the everyperson’s pricetag. But every great idea gets its start somewhere, and I’m rooting for this one to go all the way.
Based in Germany, the experimenters started by deciding what the capabilities of their dream system would be, and then clearly defined a goal as to its power availability. They wanted a full-featured PC that could run 24/7 off-grid, in case you want to do a little midnight computing. Any techies out there know this is a must, not a luxury, when chasing the elusive vapors of creativity. This first step underscores an important point in any undertaking: defining the goal in concrete terms and deciding what you can and cannot live without will go a LONG way to determining the eventual likelihood of successful completion. May you plan your exercises with the same careful attention to detail.
The article then outlines the steps taken to achieve the stated goals. First, they acquire the necessary equipment and consider the practicalities of their chosen configuration. Then they set about building the PC so it will require a minimum of operating wattage, and then move on to the solar array that will power it. Last, but certainly most important, comes the testing phase, when they see whether they have been able to construct a suitable prototype to fit the brief.
It’s certainly not a beginner’s or even intermediate project, but it’s an excellent read, and I recommend you visit the site to read the whole (pretty long) article. Happy Earth Day, everyone~ take a moment today to do something special for yourself and the world around you.