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Monday, May 06, 2002
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, notes from "inside the xbox launch" about how MS was able to launch a gaming console from scratch quickly. 5:34:23 PM
IBM stacks hard-disk bricks like Lego to build dense storage cube
: The objective is to "hug the library of congress" by the end of this year, with a 3 x 3 x 3 cube of 27 bricks of 1.2 TB each. The bricks communicate with each other though plates wirelessly at Gbps speed, get power from each other, dissipate heat thorough water tubes that pass along each vertical stack. They have a unique maintenance scheme: "About half of all repair actions in a data center create other failures, which in turn require repairs. Under the brick approach, modules with hardware failures are simply left for dead in the cube." 5:20:32 PM
Wet bio-waste into energy
: "Scientists at the University of California, Riverside are developing a way of converting 'wet waste,' such as sewage sludge and grass clippings, into synthetic diesel fuel and electricity in a move that could potentially reduce the need for landfill space and provide a cost-effective alternative to increasingly restricted land application." 5:02:13 PM
Solar Development Group
: "Solar Development Capital (SDC), a 10-year, $28.75 million private equity fund has been formed to invest globally in solar photovoltaic (PV) and PV-related businesses.. SDC will work with the Solar Development Foundation to support entrepreneurs with funding for management, technical and market assistance. By building profitable businesses in the PV market, SDC and the Foundation also serve climate change and poverty alleviation objectives. " IFC is involved
, saying "SDG has a target capitalization of US$50 million, with approximately $30 million of investment capital devoted to an Investment Fund (Solar Development Capital) and $20 million of grant funds devoted to a Foundation (Solar Development Foundation). " 4:07:03 PM
Solar fund makes first investment: rural areas of Kenya to benefit:
": "Solagen is working with Kenya Commercial Bank and other credit providers to finance PV sales to individuals and groups for domestic and commercial use. Credit allows deeper market penetration, as most consumers, despite high monthly expenditures for kerosene and other energy sources, can not afford the up-front payment for a PV system. .. Solar Development Capital is a commercial private equity fund that invests in private companies serving the off-grid power sector in developing countries. " 3:59:37 PM
China electric townships
: "Electricity Facility Construction in Townships Program This program was announced by the State Development Planning Commission (SDPC). It will electrify townships in rural, unelectrified counties, with renewable energy village power systems. This is a 2.8 billion RMB (US$340M) program with 2 billion RMB (US$240M) from SDPC." The system integrators were chosen, suppliers may contact them directly. 2:38:59 PM