29 Jun 2009 05:06:12
Computers could heat homes and offices
A trial has been launched in Switzerland that will see heat waste from computers recycled to warm buildings, according to the Guardian.
It is believed that a three-year trial of the Aquasar system could lead to carbon emissions reductions of 85 percent by lowering demand for heating and the amount of energy used to cool processors inside PCs.
The newspaper reported that potential for the new technology could be most pronounced in the sphere of heavy-duty commercial data centres, which are responsible for a significant share of global electricity consumption.
Bruno Michel, head of IBM's Zurich Research Laboratory, which is running the trial, said that the number of data centres is growing as the internet expands.
Emissions generated from information technology and communications are growing at a higher rate than most other sectors.
Speaking to the Guardian, Greenpeace International representative Tom Dowdall added: "Data centres are one of the main reasons why electricity use is rising in Europe and the US."
Meanwhile, internet giant Google reiterated its desire in May to manufacture the world's most energy efficient data centres.http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jun/24/compute...