Solar Power Gets a Boost from Google

08/12/2014 |

Will a "Little Box" change the future of electricity?

Power Inverters

One of the major hurdles to maximizing the cost-effectiveness of renewable energy such as solar or wind may soon be a thing of the past – the power inverters that solar panels rely on to convert DC power to usable AC power could be shrinking dramatically.

To create the "Little Box Challenge," the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has partnered with Google to offer a $1 million prize to any team or individual who can design and build a power inverter with a power density of 50 watts per inchwhile being 10 times smaller than current inverters. It must also be about the size of a large tablet and remain cool to the touch. 

Smaller power inverters that produce the same amount of AC power as current models could drive down the initial price of renewable energy investment by saving on installation, production, and transportation costs. Small-scale power inverters could also be used to power microgrids, distribute energy more efficiently along the electric grid, and help electric vehicles provide power back-up in case of an outage. 

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See how professionals like you are taking advantage of the highest performing precision cooling system for their computer rooms and data centers, and why Data Aire is fast-becoming the number one choice for facility managers and building owners looking to decrease their energy consumption. 

Data Aire understands how digital technology and data gravity is rapidly impacting and transforming businesses. That’s why they developed ultra-efficient cooling technology to support the most modern (and not-so-modern) data centers.  Learn how One Wilshire in Los Angeles, one of the most advanced carrier hotels today, is surpassing California's strict energy efficiency requirements with Data Aire’s purpose-built system, which provide full-economization for 260 days – almost 72% of the year. That’s a measurable savings! Furthermore, the projected PUE on an annual basis for a full load is at or below 1.2.


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