Using Supercomputing Data Center Technology to Cool a Solar Power Generation System
Ambrose McNevin posted the article “250 watts from a 1cm x 1cm photovoltaic chip” on DatacenterDynamics which explains how High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system can be used to cool the data center. The author explains that researchers are developing a “system designed to draw 250 watts for each square centimetre of photovoltaic chip and can generate fresh water and even work as a compressionless air conditioning unit.” The article as a whole is a fascinating read and goes into great detail on the design of the HCPVT system. One key take-away I noted is that “scientists believe they can achieve a cost per aperture area below $250 per square meter, which is three times lower than comparable systems. The levelized cost of energy will be less than 10 cents per kilowatt hour (KWh).”
Can this technology be deployed practically in the data center?