The Anonymous Widower

Green Hydrogen Powered, Off-Grid Data Center-As-A-Service Is A World First

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

This is the first paragraph.

ECL has announced the world’s first off-grid Datacenter-as-a-Service, fully powered by green hydrogen, with 99.999% uptime at a much lower cost compared to traditional colocation data centers.

This paragraph gives details of an installation.

It runs with zero emissions at very low noise levels. The data center’s modularity combined with having no need to depend on local utilities means that it can be designed and delivered far more rapidly than other companies’ data centers. Instead of typical construction cycles that take between 18 – 24 month, ECL’s data centers take between six and nine months.

The product looks like a promising development.

I think this is the company’s web site.

January 27, 2023 Posted by | Computing, Energy, Hydrogen | , , | Leave a comment

The Ultimate Bus Stop

London has very comprehensive bus stops as these pictures show.

Note.

  1. Most bus stops have a pole mounted roundel, that can be seen from a reasonable distance. In many cases, anybody with reasonable sight can see the roundel for the next stop.
  2. Where space permits, bus stops have a shelter with seats, maps and instructions on ticketing.
  3. Some stops have been extended into the road, so that it is a level step into and out of the bus.
  4. As shown in the pictures, so bus stops have displays showing the next ten buses, that will be arriving.

But I do think, they could be improved, with extra features.

Internet Connectivity

I feel strongly, that all bus stops should have good internet connectivity.

This could be 4G, 5G or just wi-fi, but I believe this could help with the safety of people on the street.

Comprehensive Lighting

To contribute to safety, I also feel that all bus stops should be well lit.

CCTV Issues

I also feel that all bus stops should have provision for CCTV, so if there was a need, it could be quickly fitted. But if the bus stop had good internet connectivity, then this shouldn’t be a problem.

Phone Charging

New buses have this feature, so why not at the stops?

Power Supply Issues

If we add all these features, we could be needed an uprated power supply.

  • So could we see bus stops, with solar panels on the roof.
  • Perhaps even a mini wind turbine?
  • I think a vertical wind turbine, which was similar to a SeaTwirl, but smaller, could be ideal!
  • Could it be called a StreeTwirl?
  • A self-powered bus could be created with the addition of a battery.

Self-powered bus stops might be easier to install.

Conclusion

Bus stops will have more features in the future.

January 10, 2023 Posted by | Computing, Energy, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Looking For A Job

There’s probably a lot like me these days, what with Putin’s war having depressed the financial markets and put up the cost of everything.

I’m now 75 and seem to regularly get good news about my health, which probably means that my pension will have to stretch further.

Before Christmas, I did a couple of weeks as a volunteer receptionist in a research institute and I enjoyed it.

Perhaps, I’m just lonely and feel a job would liven up my life.

I have a large number of skills and a wide range of knowledge about technical subjects.

I have programmed in many languages with the most useful probably being VB6, which I used for perhaps twenty years, so I might be the guy to update a VB6 system, that is vital to your business.

I am very much an algorithm person because of my background and have done a lot of work in project management.

I also live a few miles North of the City of London.

So if you have any ideas let me know!

January 4, 2023 Posted by | Computing | , | 5 Comments

Second Life Energy Storage Firm Smartville Inc On Modules vs Packs, Ramp-Up Plans And Tesla’s Approach

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Energy Storage News.

I like the concept of taking the life-expired batteries out of electric vehicles and giving them a second life as grid batteries.

Smartville seem to have taken this simple and useful idea to a new level.

These are my thoughts.

The Internet Of Batteries

By the use of clever software, it appears, that they can control different types of battery packs, in a manner that could be called the Internet of Batteries.

They can also measure the state and performance and calculate the replacement date of each battery pack.

The Mother Of All Batteries

The implementation of this concept in their MOAB product allows the controlling software to manage a number of battery packs precisely to deliver a battery of the precise number of MWh, that the customer ordered.

  • Provided an interface driver can be written, any type and make of battery pack can be incorporated.
  • Nearly new, salvaged or elderly battery packs cab be used.
  • The operating system can predict, when a battery pack must be replaced.
  • Smartville are planning to install a 4MWh grid battery in central California that will be co-located with an existing power plant.

In some ways, the controlling software, is like the Chief Coach of a tug-of-war team, of mixed sexes, weights and strengths, that by asking for the right level of power from each member, gets the required performance.

Working With Tesla

The article talks about why, they don’t work with Tesla, where this is said.

Our experience in the US is that Tesla does not seem to be interested in working with outside partners. They’ve also publicly stated that they’re not focused on battery repurposing, not in their current business model at least, which I think might change over time. But that’s their public stance at the moment. We’re absolutely open to working directly with them but the opportunity hasn’t presented itself.

Does this indicate, that Tesla and Elon Musk are not the easiest people to deal with?

Conclusion

I shall be following Smartville.

December 27, 2022 Posted by | Computing, Energy, Energy Storage, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Can Now See Why A Big Pharma Company Liked My Software Daisy

Yesterday, I went to a seminar about medical research.

There was a presentation, where data in several dimensions was shown and the data was crying out for a Daisy Chart.

A Daisy Chart

A Daisy Chart

This chart is a very simple presentation of telephone data, but I can imagine arcs showing factors like Dose, Blood Pressure, Sex, Patient Satisfaction etc.

Note.

  1. This chart is what I call a Day of the Week/Hour of the Day chart, which is a powerful way of looking at any time-based data, like faults or A & E arrivals.
  2. You can click on the nodes and links of the chart to access the data underneath. So if you wanted all female patients with high blood pressure in a separate Excel spreadsheet, this is possible with a couple of clicks.
  3. The charts can also be clipped from the screen and inserted into reports.

Daisy was used by one Big Pharma company twenty years ago and after yesterday’s presentation, I can understand, why they used it.

The seminar changed my mind about my attitude to Daisy and I got rather fired up about its possibilities.

December 6, 2022 Posted by | Computing, Health | , , | 1 Comment

Google Buys Scottish Offshore Wind Power

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on offshoreWIND.biz.

This is the sub-heading and the first paragraph.

ENGIE and Google have entered into a 12-year, 100 MW corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA) supporting the Moray West offshore wind development in Scotland.

ENGIE will provide Google with more than 5 TWh of green power from the Moray West project, a nearly 900 MW offshore wind farm set to begin generating power from 2025.

Increasingly, it seems that large energy users are committing themselves to long-term energy deals.

One of Google’s senior people is quoted as saying.

People across the UK and Europe are increasingly worried about climate change and energy security. We share that concern and believe technology is an important part of the solution – both by reducing our own emissions, and by helping others to reduce their own.

I have a few thoughts.

How Much Of Moray West’s Output Is 5 TWh?

Consider.

  • Moray West has an maximum output of 882 MW.
  • This converts to 7.73 TWh.

If Google are buying all the electricity produced by the wind farm, that would mean that the capacity factor is around 64.7 %, which is quite reasonable, if a bit high for a fixed foundation wind farm.

If we are, it does surely reflect a desire for stability and security in a fast-changing world.

Are We Seeing More Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (CPPAs)?

November 24, 2022 Posted by | Computing, Energy | , , , | 1 Comment

Norwegian Company To Power Data Centres With Offshore Wind

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on offshoreWIND.biz.

This is the sub-title.

Norwegian energy company Earth Wind & Power (EWP) is set to offtake up to 400MW of excess and pre-grid offshore wind power to supply electricity to data centre infrastructure in Northern Europe.

This sounds like a good idea.

Over the next few years, the UK will be ramping up our production of renewable energy.

Data centres could be an ideal way to make money from our excess energy.

November 23, 2022 Posted by | Computing, Energy | , , | Leave a comment

State Of The Railway Compiler Data Solution (SORClite): Open Access Real-Time Signalling Data

This project was one of the winners in the First Of A Kind 2022 competition run by Innovate UK.

In this document, this is said about the project.

Project No: 10038973

Project title: State Of The Railway Compiler Data Solution (SORClite): Open Access Real-Time Signalling Data
Lead organisation: PARK SIGNALLING LIMITED
Project grant: £217,128

Public description: Our project seeks to support Network Rail in regaining understanding and ownership of key
signalling asset information so that this data can be used to adopt new performance measures,
identify bottlenecks within the rail network and target the 800,000 unexplained delay minutes that
occur annually. The project combines a number of existing technologies to deliver the hardware,
pipeline, analytics, and visualisation as a working demonstration. The data stores will also be
available for use by train operators and the wider data analytics supply chain, removing some of
the systemic blockers around access to data.

My Thoughts And Conclusion

November 19, 2022 Posted by | Computing, Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

SBRI: FOAK 2022 Optimising Railway Possessions

This project was one of the winners in the First Of A Kind 2022 competition run by Innovate UK.

In this document, this is said about the project.

Project No: 10038228

Project title: SBRI: FOAK 2022 Optimising Railway Possessions
Lead organisation: FRAZER-NASH CONSULTANCY LIMITED
Project grant: £236,226

Public description: One of the biggest challenges facing the railway industry is the complex process of planning and
possession management. The logistics of diverting, blocking, or closing sections of track can have
implications across the network. As the rail timetable becomes more congested, with increased
services, there is more potential for disruption and less obvious times for possession. Delays on
main-lines could result in huge fines, consequently delivering works and handing back possession
on-time is vital.

In 2020/21, NR spent £1.6bn on enhancements, £1.9bn on maintenance, and £3.2bn on renewals
(Office of Rail and Road, 2021). This translates into thousands of engineering works, most of these
require possessions to allow safe, traffic-free worksites for maintenance activities (e.g. remedial
works, inspections, maintenance and planned renewals).

Possessions result in both planned and unplanned disruption. Unplanned disruption can occur for
many reasons; machine faults, access issues, staff planning, or wrong engineering train
arrangement – all demonstrating the complexity of planning possessions.

Getting staff and equipment to worksites on time and minimising travelling distances are critical
efficiency requirements. The barriers to this are mutual road and rail points, staff numbers and
equipment types. Furthermore, engineering trains typically start in sidings which may be in remote
locations due to available sidings being occupied during large possession works. Consequently,
this cause issues in both timetabling and plans that ensure that engineering trains reach worksites
at the correct time and in the correct formation.

With increasing traffic and reducing availability of possessions this problem is likely to be further
exacerbated. Network Rail have identified a requirement to develop solutions for planning
procedures such that possession efficiency is increased, resulting in the delivery of infrastructure
maintenance work with minimal disruption and cost.

Combining Frazer-Nash’s deep experience in optimisation of railway challenges and eviFile’s
possession management solution, we will innovate to develop a product that will support rapid
planning and replanning of possessions through the application of optimisation and ML algorithms
to identify potential optimal plans. Using wide-ranging railway possessions data we will research
and adapt algorithms that will consider (for example) multiple scenarios, locations and types of
work, and optimise and efficiently manage resources to ensure minimal impact to infrastructure
traffic and capacity.

This will deliver possessions more efficiently, help plan work-activities during possessions more
precisely, manage infrastructure access more efficiently, allow tasks to be planned more efficiently,
and predict the impact of possessions on overall network performance more accurately.

My Thoughts And Conclusion

One of the biggest construction sites near me was the A45 dualling of the 1970s. It was a nightmare as there was no system managing possessions and frequently there were temporary traffic lights and diversions.

Things have got better since then and roadworks on main roads don’t cause as much delay as they used to.

The same improvement that good project management has had on the roads, now needs to be applied to the railways.

November 19, 2022 Posted by | Computing, Transport/Travel | | 4 Comments

Trains With Brains(R)

This project was one of the winners in the First Of A Kind 2022 competition run by Innovate UK.

In this document, this is said about the project.

Project No: 10036632

Project title: Trains With Brains(R)
Lead organisation: JR DYNAMICS LIMITED
Project grant: £248,046

Public description:

Trains with Brains(r) aims to integrate data from a range of remote condition monitoring sensors
into Network Rail’s monitoring and planning systems/processes, to enable operations and
maintenance teams to address key cost efficiency and performance priorities via more informed
possession planning.

This will be delivered via a head to toe monitoring solution, enabled via bi-directional integration
between Transmission Dynamics and Network Rail.

My Thoughts And Conclusion

November 19, 2022 Posted by | Computing, Transport/Travel | , , | 1 Comment