It’s no news to anyone that electronics like computers and cell phones generate a lot of heat. Imagine how large-scale corporate servers that generate the heat is great enough to force companies to spend large amounts of resources simply to try to keep their temperatures from reaching absurd levels.
An initiative by a Dutch startup called Nerdalize, however, wants to put an end to it. The idea behind it is simple: what if instead of simply trying to cool those places, the heat of the servers could be put to good use. For example, to heat some people’s houses? That’s what the company is trying to do.
To make this a reality, the startup intends to use a very interesting service. Those interested can pay for installing one of the company’s servers in their home, earning free heating for their shower water. Apparently, Nerdalize sells the space of these servers to profit from other companies.
It is difficult not to give the arm to hope for the idea. After all, according to them, this represents savings of up to $1,1000 a year for people living in a home with this technology. While companies reduce their costs of keeping servers in half since they do not have to invest in a cold place to house the machines. It is not to mention the massive reduction in CO2 emissions that this all turns out to be.
Coming to all the houses?
It is worth noting that this is not the company’s first venture into the matter. Still, in 2015, the company had brought its first product, which consisted of a simple water heater with a single server inside. Unfortunately, the device was available in only five households and was used for only one year. Despite the slowness to operate and the low heating power, it worked.
This time though, Nerdalize wants to do more. So the startup launched a crowdfunding campaign that has already hit its original target of 250 thousand euros. To prove that this works, the startup will also bring their new handsets to 42 Dutch homes, and it would be no surprise to see that number growing soon.
Of course, after all, there is still a long way to go before it really becomes commonplace. As noted by the Verge, issues such as the receptivity of companies to have their data stored in the homes of ordinary people, as well as customers who have their homes frequently visited due to the need for maintenance of the machines, can be a deterrent for the technology to fire.
Even so, with the idea that solves so many problems at once, this initiative may well become one of the most successful in recent times.