h a l f b a k e r y
Almost as great as sliced bread.
add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random
news, help, about, links, report a problem
or get an account
Please log in.
Before you can vote, you need to register.
Please log in or create an account.
Because energy cannot cease to exist, and
the chips in our computers do little to no
work physics wise, our computers are essentially expensive, low wattage fan
heaters. I propose that we occasionally utilize the heat instead of simply "blowing
it off". For example, you could have
processor, ram, and
solid state hard disk combos of the
highest wattage per dollar running a
distributed computing project heat your
water. Or perhaps you could buy a ton of
cheap dell towers and use them as a
forced air heater. Sure it's not cost
effective, but imagine all the protein you
"Nerdalize's solution is, effectively, to spread their data centre across domestic homes linked by fibre-optic cable. The excess heat can then be used instead of going to waste." [Wrongfellow, May 21 2015]
Cooling from heat source. Properly baked. [bhumphrys, Jun 07 2015]
Example on BBC news today
Tiny data centre used to heat public swimming pool [Loris, Mar 14 2023]
||Water cooling for computers is baked, and so it should be possible to daisychain a number of such items and use it to preheat the hot water system. Good thinking [+].
||The linked computer furnace thing has been criticized
on the basis that you don't always want to heat your
housefor example, in the summer. Also, every
computer already heats its environment, just at a very
low level compared to a dedicated heater. If you use the
computer for heating your domestic hot water, though,
that's probably better, because you probably still want
that in the summer.
||"Fancy a cuppa? I'll put the factorisation algorithm
||.....criticized on the basis that you don't always want to heat your house....
||Solved in principle. See link regarding absorption refrigerator.