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post #11 of 20
My only idea to this would be to get 20 exercise bikes, wire them in such a manner that power is being fed from the bikes to your electricity, then have a party and invite all your friends to race on the exercise bikes while you sit back and fold.
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post #12 of 20
Why not just use cold fusion

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post #13 of 20
I say you would be better off making your home as energy efficient as possible. These costs (like sealing doors and windows,blanket for the water heater, adapting your power consumption to times the power is cheaper) are easier to bear than 30K for solar. We had a exercise in management class where we all had to present a professional business plan for a fictional business. One student (really nice guy) wanted to do a fully solar powered recording studio. I did not have the heart to tell him how expensive this would be and the instructor did not press the issue either. She gave him a pass on not doing good research on the costs simply because he was such a nice guy.Full research on startup costs was part of the exercise but he got lucky.You start throwing around even moderatly technical electrical terms and people usually go right to sleep, it is a shame.
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post #14 of 20
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Well, what if you look at it like this, you want to re-coupe 25% of your yearly enegry cost via solar/wind technology, your folding farm probably doesn't equil to 25% of your overall power usage in a year so isn't it the same as saying you want to go solar for a portion of your home. I guess I understand for it not to run 100% of the system 100% of the time but to overall be wired in a fashion that you don't have down time but it re-coupes the portions of power usage over a month / year
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post #15 of 20
Solar Panels = $20,000

Extension cord to neighbors house = Priceless
    
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post #16 of 20
i believe it is kingwin that designed a PSU to handle crappy AC (non sine wave) aka direct dc to ac using crappy converter. So to save some money, u could opt for a lower end grid tie invertor but that will only save say $1k lol
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post #17 of 20
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the biggest down side other than initial cost of equipment is the reoccurring cost of utilities.
The initial cost is even bigger for a solar setup..
And then you don't even have folding hardware.

Edit:
Also, you aren't going to mathematically recoup your investment any time soon.

$0.12 per kWh, leave a PC on for a year 24/7 with ~300w AC load, you're paying ~$315.36 a year in power just for that machine.

Contrast with even $5,000 if you can get away with a budget solar setup, you'd need to operate ~15.8 years to even start breaking even.
Edited by beers - 6/10/11 at 8:38pm
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post #18 of 20
Folding efficiently and using energy efficient products and electronics is probably the best way to go without shelling out $20k for solar panels or $5k for pre-made wind turbine. I sold off all of my folding GPUs and bought some 2600k rigs and cut my electricity usage by quite a bit.
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post #19 of 20
I have read some data from the Pande Group about estimates of how much electricity is used worldwide to run the protein folding program each day, the amount is substancial but it is hard to say exactly what the amount is because there are factors like the machines would be on at some level even if the folding program did not exist. What I found most informative was that there is concern with the total cost of the electricity in every way to run the folding program. The group does not wish to cause a problem with pollution while solving another problem with disease. Running the program but not running up the worlds electric bill is an issue that is of concern.
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post #20 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reflux View Post
But yeah, in general solar panels can be a good investment over time.
The sad truth is that when you look at the big picture, solar panels are never a good investment.

The only thing that makes them seem to be a good investment for an individual is when government incentives are involved to help pay for them, and/or over regulation, and other government interference is driving up the cost of electricity from the utilities.

So yes, on the microeconomic scale of the end user, solar power can be a "good investment" in some cases, but on the macroeconomic scale, it is a very expensive form of electrical power generation.
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