Servers as home heating

Servers as home heating

In fact, cooling processors can be expensive, especially when dealing with huge computer servers. But what if that energy could be used to heat homes?

A Dutch energy company wants to make it happen.

The data centers of large Internet companies, such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, and others, have thousands of servers.

As they process information, they generate huge amounts of heat that require towers to dissipate in the atmosphere. But a Dutch company thinks that paying for electricity to run the servers and paying again to cool them is a waste of money.

Boaz Leupe, CEO of Nerdalize, said the plan is quite simple.

“We don't actually have to build the data center, which saves a lot of infrastructure costs and we don't have the cooling overhead, plus it benefits the environment, as the kilowatt hour is used twice, once for heating the house and another to process customer information without the addition of cooling, ”said Leupe.

The company developed what it calls an e-Radiator, a computer server that also functions as an alternative heat source.

Leupe said that five Dutch homeowners are using it experimentally in their homes.

“We reimburse the electricity that the server uses, and we can do it for the computer clients, and in that way, the homeowners actually get to heat it for free, and the computer users don't have to pay for overhead. from the data center, ”adds Leupe.

One of the participants in the year-long experiment, Jan Visser, said that the amount of heat produced by the e-Radiator depends on the work done by the server processors, so it cannot be used as a primary source.

"If it delivers enough heat, less of the existing central heating can be used, and there is the potential for a homeowner to pay fewer bills," he said. Nerdalize said e-Radiators generate temperatures of up to 55 degrees Celsius and could save up to $ 440 in annual heating costs.

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Video: Small Server Room Cooling (June 2021).