Instead of deploying computer servers in large data centers where they require significant cooling systems, Nerdalize distributes servers in existing buildings to double up as home heating systems.
By placing high-performance servers in homes instead of in data centers, Nerdalize creates a distributed computing cloud. The solution provides cost savings compared to the conventional cloud, and the co-location inside people’s homes allows the excess heat from the servers to be used for heating people’s homes. By making use of existing buildings, Nerdalize eliminates the usual costs and energy spent on cooling in server warehouses, which cuts the cost for users of cloud computing services by 30% to 50%, while heating houses for free, according to the company.
The Nerdalize device containing powerful computing servers is installed in a home and connected to the internet and a power source. The servers are then connected to the cloud, ready to receive computing jobs. A security system detects if a device is tampered with, ensuring data is stored safely. Homeowners pay approximately $335 for the installation and maintenance of the heating device, after which heating is delivered to them for free. The solution has already been installed in several homes, and plans for scaling have been made with a leading Dutch heating provider.
Why you should care
If cloud computing was a country it would rank 5th globally in terms of electricity consumption. At the same time, 68% of an average household’s energy use goes to space heating. By combining the seemingly unconnected markets for cloud computing and heating, heat from large servers is no longer a problem, and instead it can benefit homeowners and the environment.