Parasol Solar Array Set Up by Rutgers School of Engineering

June 1, 2012 / No Comments

Researchers at Rutgers School of Engineering have made a new solar powered array, called Parasol. The Parasol has been installed on the roof of the computing center of the school. Comprising 16 polycrystalline solar panels clubbed together and holding up to 160 servers housed inside a stainless-steel-framed metal chassis to protect the batteries, transformers and other electrical equipment, the device looks like an amazing creation.

Solar Powered Parasol Solar Array Set Up by Rutgers School of Engineering

Well, you may be wondering what for is this ensemble? The initiative is actually a very innovative one, and will be used to assess how to handle data and computer processing using solar-generated electricity.

The stainless-steel framed metal structure is of the size of an SUV to protect the batteries, transformers and other electrical equipment. The server farms supervise and routes the Internet traffic is considered to be one of the energy intensive venues.

As per estimates, this accounts for one percent of the 16 terawatts of energy the entire people on earth. This fact motivated the researchers to come up with the Parasol  array.

This was introduced at EuroSys 2012 which took place in the month of April at Bern in Switzerland. The array was completed last month under the direction of Rutgers Computer Science Professors Ricardo Bianchini and Thu D. Nguyen, assisted by post-doctoral students and graduates