Duration Of Super Bowl XLVII Power Outage Might’ve Been Halved With Instant-On LED Lighting.

Super Bowl power outageSuper Bowl XLVII Checklist
Ravens and 49ers – check.
Fans – check.
Backup power supply – check.
In case of outage, restoring full brightness to HID lighting – 15 minutes!

The power outage during Super Bowl XLVII in some ways overshadowed the game itself. It allowed me to make a beer run that I might not have made otherwise and some claim it changed the course of the game. With everything in place, including a backup power system, why did it take 34 minutes to restart the game? According to a guest post on Greentech Media, “Superbowl Power Outage Shines a Bad Light On HID Lighting,” half of the delay can be attributed to energy inefficient, slow-to-full-power high-intensity discharge (HID) based lighting. From the article:

“HID are not energy efficient. The light output from an HID lamp degrades quickly, with each fixture giving out less light for the same power consumed.

What many didn’t pick up last night is the fact that even with power restored HID systems take 10 to 15 minutes just to come to full light output – or roughly half of last night’s downtime.”

Based on what happened during Super Bowl XLVII, we’ll see if sports stadiums migrate over to more energy efficient, longer-lasting and instant-on LED lighting. The Superdome does have 26,000 LED lights but unfortunately for Super Bowl XLVII – they’re installed on the outside of the stadium. [Greentech Media]


Vanderlande Industries Builds Energy Efficient Conveyors.

Vanderlande Industries Greenveyor BlueveyorVanderlande Industries of the Netherlands builds conveyors and automated sorters for airlines, shipping companies and manufacturing facilities. Their Greenveyor and Blueveyor conveyor’s require 50% and 75% less energy, respectively, to convey items compared to previous belt systems. The Blueveyor is Vanderlande Industries’ next generation conveyor and was inspired by the cradle-to-cradle design idea of creating efficient systems that are waste free. In addition to energy savings, the Blueveyor is PVC free, requires half the materials to build and is fully recyclable.

Energy efficiency and cradle-to-cradle design are great but what is the real reason Jubbling is mentioning Vanderlande Industries? Because it sounds a lot like Vandelay Industries – the place where George Costanza wanted to be hired as a latex salesperson. [GreenBiz]


Dateline China: Energy Efficient 30-Story Hotel Built In 15 Days (Video).

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Pre-Fabricated T30 Hotel By BROAD Group China

Completed T30 Hotel

Built in only 15 days by the BROAD Sustainable Building (BSB) division of the BROAD Group, which specializes in the manufacture of air conditioning units, the T30 hotel is a marvel of pre-fabricated construction. At 30 stories and with 170,000 square feet of floorspace, the T30 also claims to be 5 times more energy efficient than a comparable sized hotel thanks to features like 4 pane windows, external solar shading, and a heat recovery system. Due in part to BSB’s decision to incorporate energy efficient ideas into T30’s construction, the hotel is receiving quite a few mentions on sustainably focused websites including Treehugger, Inhabitat, and Smart Planet.

Jubbling’s take: The next time we’re in China, we’ll choose to stay in the two story hotel that took one year to build instead. No offense but after seeing the pictures below, we don’t want to take any chances. Haste makes waste.

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Related article: Are Skyscrapers Torpedoing the World’s Economies?


Power Saving Tips When Your Out Of Town For The Holidays

Circuit Breaker BoxStandby power can best be described as the power our electronics consume when they’re turned off. According to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, standby power accounts for 10-15% of the electricity we consume. So here are a few tips that may help you consume less juice while you’re out of town for the holidays:

  • Turn off every light.
  • Unplug everything you can. TV’s, clock radios, power strips, computers, DVR, microwave etc. A good way to decide is to unplug everything with a digital clock or remote.
  • Thermostat. If you can, turn it off or put it at a setting where it will barely be used. We turned our thermostats off while we were out of town over Thanksgiving. When we got home, our house was colder inside than it was outside.
  • Turn off your water heater? I actually psyched myself out of doing this and I’m glad I didn’t. As it turned out, our water was the only thing hot in our house when we got home. I would turn it off during a summer trip.

These are just suggestions that’ll hopefully help lower your power bill. Prior to Jubbling, I wouldn’t think twice about powering down and my only concern was making sure the doors were locked and my Speedo was packed.


Facebook’s Prineville Oregon ‘Open Source’ Data Center

Facebook Prineville Oregon Data CenterWired.com has a great article about Facebook’s new data center located in Prineville Oregon. The article focuses on General Manager Ken Patchett and his efforts to create a more efficient data center and his desire to share the information with other companies. From the article:

“With some companies I’ve worked for, your dog had more access to you than your family did during the course of the day. Here [at Facebook], my children have seen this data center. My wife has seen this data center…. We’ve had some people say, ‘Can we build this data center?’ And we say, ‘Of course, you can. Do you want the blueprints?’”

Some of the ways Facebook created a more efficient data center is by building their own larger and easier to cool servers, using outside air and captured water for cooling and generating some of their electricity via solar. And now Facebook wants to share their energy efficient data center design ideas with their competitors through the Open Compute Project. It could be considered a challenge or an olive branch but since it’s about increasing energy efficiency, Jubbling thinks it has to be good. [Wired.com]