Cave computing

| May 13, 2010 | 1 Comments

Greentechmedia: One of the biggest headaches for IT companies is not software crashes or server outages – it’s heat. Computers generate an enormous amount of heat, so much so that cooling can consumer around half the power used by data centers.

One Norwegian company has come up with an innovative solution that makes use of something Norway has plenty of – cold water. Local Host has created a cooling system for data-centers that uses icy water from 984 feet below the surface of Norway’s Nordfjord. The salt water from the fjord is just 7 degrees centigrade, and is used to cool fresh water, which is less corrosive and can then circulate around the computers. And because the fjord water remains pressurised, it requires little energy to pump.

The company is also hoping to build a ‘green’ data centre in an abandoned mine, taking advantage of the abundance of cheap hydro-electric and wind power in the area. Read more here.

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  1. mathew says:

    what about use the heat from the computers to generate electricity – multiply it like a heat pump hotwater service does as it takes small amounts of heat from the air to create hot water.

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