Here in Arizona, we have a great environment for solar. In the past there has been excellent rebates on solar installations at the home. But now they are trying to tax solar usage because the electric company is losing money. So that battle will go on for a while. Meanwhile, new discoveries are being made all the time, and hopefully alternatives will be forthcoming. 

True, home storage doesn't need to powered up all the time. But one still has to keep up with technology to make it compatible (i.e. buy bigger units with higher capacity). Perhaps the larger question is for larger businesses, or the institutions we work for. Their footprint is a lot larger. 

It's sure worth consideration. 
Cheers and Happy Spring/Summer to you, Will. 

Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
P.O. Box 325
Hereford, AZ 85615
(520) 803-0538

On Dec 2, 2015, at 3:48 PM, Will Smith wrote:

Does your home storage need to be powered up all the time? The current trend is to have solar on your roof which makes a shift to home storage possibly a good idea for the future.

Will Smith
Queensland Herbarium
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha
Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong Qld 4066, Australia
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Assuming you are going to have the same amount of storage space either concentrated or distributed, I would put money on the Centralized storage producing less CO2.  Efficiencies of scale would reduce
 most of the costs and materials and energy used.  Plus it only takes one person to decide they will buy their power from wind or solar generation (if they decide to do that...)

At worst I think the result would be neutral on the power consumption. But the measurement of existing A/C in the distributed environment vs. New A/C in the concentrated environment is probably important to getting a real answer. Would other positive factors in the centralized life cycle counteract or even exceed the new A/C capacity brought on line? And would the addition of small numbers of drive in a distributed environment have any effect on that A/C?


On 12/1/15 8:08 PM, Bruce Bartrug wrote:
A good question, Will.  How much energy is required to power huge
buildings filled with servers and storage devices, plus air
conditioning to keep that equipment cool?  More important, what is the source of that power?


On Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 6:29 PM, Will Smith
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   Seeing this group is interested in conservation, has anyone researched the relative advantages
   or disadvantages in terms of global warming of maintaining massive server installations (the
   cloud) as opposed to storing data locally. This seems critical if we want to preserve native
   species as much as possible.____

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