Computer Crap Energy

Are cheap used solar panels a good idea for [email protected]?

[email protected] has always been fun to run on computers I look after and with COVID-19, there’s never been a better time to simulate protein dynamics. The downside of [email protected] is that to run a computer at full tilt doing those simulations consumes a decent amount of electricity, which costs money and particularly in Victoria, emits a heavy chunk of CO2. After seeing ads pop up on Facebook and Gumtree for super-cheap used solar panels, I wondered if there’s a way to use the sun to fold and save on electricity costs?