Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The home-heating super computer needs you

Posted By on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 10:43 AM

Speaking in broad, obvious terms, we all know that computers use energy and generate heat as a byproduct, and you've probably heard about the challenges of efficiently running large data-storage centers. 

Outfits like Google tout their methods for operating in a greener fashion, and the U.S. Department of Energy recognizes that around 3 percent of all domestic electricity produced now powers data centers. (See the second video below for a tour of a smarter storage center.)

Storage of all of our information — both the important stuff like financial documents and cloud backups and the inane stuff like vanity YouTube videos and spam mail — continues to be a growing concern from an energy-conservation point of view. 

Enter one proposal for a solution from a group called Project Exergy, which is currently seeking support on Kickstarter for a "home networked super-heating computer" that would utilize computer heat to warm your home.

From a press release: "[Founder Lawrence] Orsini’s radical computer, nicknamed Henry, swaps cooling fans for an ultra efficient heat exchanger and feeds the energy that would otherwise have been wasted straight into his home heating system." 

It's further explained in the first video below as well as more videos found on the Kickstarter page and their website. 




Henry, the prototype. - COURTESY PROJECT EXERGY
  • Courtesy Project Exergy
  • Henry, the prototype.

click to enlarge A "proto beta rendering" of the next heat-exchanging unit Project Exergy aims to build with Kickstarter support. - COURTESY PROJECT EXERGY
  • Courtesy Project Exergy
  • A "proto beta rendering" of the next heat-exchanging unit Project Exergy aims to build with Kickstarter support.

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