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Microgrids for Server farms

I manage a server farm for State of NM.

Google, NSA and others use large server rooms to manage web based data.

A standardized public domain power modeling tool is needed at their sites to manage their zones of control.

 

We created a model of power resources for the farm using public software.

Power grids in the Southwest US depend on natural gas for peak loading in summer.

http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/GeneMachine/718595

 

I have worked on the NM power grid managing EMS/SCADA power grid software.

I helped build software for the NM wind farms at Public Service Company of NM (PNM).

 

I worked for PNM managing EMS/SCADA software used to model and distribute power to NM customers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_management_system

 

A server farm has many inputs related to power consumption and cooling.

Several commercial tools are available but are not available to midsize server rooms due to cost.

These tools do not always account for special problems in a server room related to location.

New Mexico is not becoming dependent on natural gas as coal plants are phased out.

Natural gas pipeline pressure has caused major outages in New Mexico.

In Feb 2011 all NM state offices and schools were closed due to a severe natural gas shortage caused by low pressure in natural gas pipelines in Texas.

Natural gas will soon dominate the electric grid in NM.

How will we plan for electric power outages caused natural gas outages in server rooms?

The US needs an integrated natural gas and electric power grid model for use in server rooms.

 

Google, NSA and others use large server rooms to manage web based data.

A standardized public domain power modeling tool is needed at their sites to manage their zone of control.

Using Processing.or and Eclipse.org free DOE software is needed to manage server farms and assist electric utilities to plan for natural gas outages.

I have created a model of NM electric power grid and the NM natural gas infastructure to educate NM state employees and interns.

Can DOE extend this model for use in all states?

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