Sunday, June 17, 2007

Data centres self sustaining?

I was just browsing an article that were saying our present technologies are huge energy wasters. A normal desktop wastes about half of the energy consumed, and a server about 1/3. Most of the energy I would say should transform to heat.

Based on this fact, shouldn't it be possible to channel all these energy to generate electricity? A data centre has thousands of servers. Why can't special server racks be built that will channel the heat to generate electricity for the data centre? In this way, the data centre can even be self-sufficient in electrical needs.


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