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Got an idea.
The highest cost to FAH is electric (for those that have to pay for it).
The avg US rate is about 15cent per KWH. A commercial electric rate is about 5 cents depending on where you live.
Why not rent a commercial space, fill up the room with FAH computers, and pay the 5 cent electric instead of 10 or 15 cents?
The savings from the electric alone will far outweigh the cost of the rent, assuming we are putting in tons of computers.
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I only see it being useful if you were running a true farm, or were to sublet it out.
 
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The highest cost to FAH is electric (for those that have to pay for it).

What about the cost for the tons of computers for a project of this scale?

To make it viable you would probably have to take every computer that's folding for OCN and place them in there to even break even.

Then there is cooling the new building.
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I think this is assuming you have the comps already
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post #5 of 26
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the cost of the computers would be paid for by the cost savings.
I guess this would require team work. Say x number of people pay $x an month.
For those that live in the expensive elec rate area, they can "rent out" or "donate" to the person running the PC from the commercial building.
The points would then be distributed to each individual user, depending on who "rented" the PC.
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by Ghooble View Post

I think this is assuming you have the comps already
I do have 10 computers. Used to have like 15, but had to downsize due to electric cost.
If going to a commercial rate, elec cost wouldn't be much of a problem.
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Originally Posted by lesterhung View Post

the cost of the computers would be paid for by the cost savings.
I guess this would require team work. Say x number of people pay $x an month.
For those that live in the expensive elec rate area, they can "rent out" or "donate" to the person running the PC from the commercial building.
The points would then be distributed to each individual user, depending on who "rented" the PC.

That would be an interesting small business. However, I don't think that there are enough people folding on a large enough scale to make it work.

Most people are only folding using 1 or 2 computers. Any energy savings they could get from having them run in this commercial unit would be quite small, and then you have to factor in shipping the computers there, and paying someone to set them up.
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post #8 of 26
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My thinking is, I would pay for the hardware. people can subscribe to rent out the machines, and have them fold under their own team and username.
Before anyone start flaming me for "trying to make money" off of FAH, I will say this is not a good way for anybody to try to make money.
I am thinking about this because I have 10+ computers doing FAH/BOINC, so an lower elec rate would allow me to grow more, and also allow other FAH members to contribute to FAH with a lower cost than if they were to run it on their own.
post #9 of 26
The issue is that you would need a lot of computers to save money. If the rental was $1000 a month, you would need to offset $1000 of electricity a month just to break even with the rental cost.

If each computer used 500w of electricity you would have to run 28 non stop just to about break even with the rental cost. Then you have to factor in insurance for the equipment, security costs, cooling costs, etc. To actually make a profit you would have to rent out around 50 - 75 computers, and even then you wouldn't be making much money.


Another issue would be the electrical wiring in the rented building. If you have 50 computers each drawing 500w that's 25,000w you are pulling. Unless you are renting a place meant to handle large electrical loads you will be tripping fuses. Plus you are going to be looking at more then $1000 a month.
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post #10 of 26
At first, I was going to ask, who makes money folding....but now I get it. Sorry but I felt dumb for a minute.

Anyway, another problem.....Heat.....Another problem....security for thousands of dollars worth of computers.rolleyes.gif
    
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