Feeds

Oracle's Ellison outlines plans for Hawaiian Electriclarryland

Solar-sourced eau d'Oracle the key to island revival

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

When legendary Texan alt.rock ensemble Butthole Surfers recorded their (NSFW) 1996 opus Electriclarryland they almost certainly did not imagine a billionaire named Larry would one day buy a Hawaiian island and decide to revive its economy with solar-powered desalination plants and battery-powered cars.

That billionaire is, of course, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. The island is Lanai, which Elisson all-but owns. And the electrified plans for the island were recently detailed to the Wall Street Journal.

Ellison told the Journal he wants to revive the island's economy by growing tropical fruits, which thanks to the island's climate could be exported through out the year. He also thinks Lanai could start a perfume industry and that organic wineries are a possibility. None of that's possible without fresh water, but as Lanai is small there's not much of the stuff about.

Enter solar-powered desalination plants, which Elisson reportedly thinks can increase the island's supply of fresh water by 150 per cent. His plans also call for electric car charging stations on the island, an innovation that will help to provide an alternative to the high gas/petrol prices the island faces due to its isolation.

Ellison appears to be very hands on with the various projects, telling the Journal “I'm in two modes when I'm on Lanai: In engineering mode, I'm trying to find the right place for the reservoir and the desalination plant, and looking at designs for new hotel rooms. The rest of the time, I'm in decompression mode. I'm on Hulopoe Beach, going for a swim, or on my paddleboard surrounded by 100 spinner dolphins."

The MySQL dolphin mascot, perhaps?

Ellison also told the Journal his plan is to make the island “a prosperous and sustainable Eden in the Pacific.”

Seven Steps to Software Security

More from The Register

next story
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!
In space... no one can hear you're green...
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.