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?


Various methods for monitoring rooftop solar with a Fronius inverter

You’ve got your fancy new rooftop solar installed and being the nerd you are, you want stats and lots of ’em to show off your new investment! I’m going to focus on what you can do with a Fronius inverter because that’s what I have and they’re also very popular in Australia. I’m not an expert in this and have just cobbled together stuff so if you have any suggestions please leave a comment and we can all learn from your experience!