Sunday, June 4, 2017

Dutch Company Captures Wasted Energy

Dutch company ‘Nerdalize’ is launching a pilot scheme that uses the energy from computer servers to heat water, allowing citizens to take showers for free as part of a wider plan to distribute free ‘server heat’ to everyone in the Netherlands.

The innovative start-up is hoping to capitalize on the excess heat from computer servers and data centers and there’s a lot of it - data centers currently emit more CO2 than the global airline industry.

So far, 3,500 people have expressed an interest in the system.

The company has already exceeded their crowdfunding target of €250,000, raising almost €330,000 so far. It has now set the even more ambitious target of raising half a million euros.


In 2015, in conjunction with a large Dutch utility company, Nerdalize installed servers in five households, the waste heat from which was directly transformed via a radiator. In the latest version, customers will pay a one-time fee of about 300-400 euros for the installation of the server-heating. Servers will then be directly connected to the central heating system, to heat water throughout the year.


The company said the project will save money for households, companies and researchers essentially halving heating costs, with each installation removing three tons of CO2 from an average household's carbon footprint.

So...not quite free. But if wasted energy can be put to use, it's a great idea.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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