Eneco and Nerd Alize start trials with server heating in households




Start-Up Nerd Alize together with energy supplier Eneco started a trial in five households a server heating ‘place in the living room. Nerd Alize late count the eRadiator where the house ‘free’ is heated.

The first server heater is suspended in a home in Newport. The hardware was developed by the start-up Nerd Alize . The heating system, the housing has been developed by a design agency, uses the waste heat from some Xeon processors to heat the immediate vicinity. The installation would be approximately 1kW of power supply; According to Eneco and Nerd Alize sufficient to heat a home. The server design also contains no fans. The hardware on which the company will release little further, is passively cooled.Nerd Alize pay for the end user the cost of electricity verstookte, where the company’s green power decreases at Eneco. Eneco states that an average household is expected to annually can save four hundred euros on his gas bill. The trial in five households, which will take approximately nine months, to provide more insight into the actual achieve savings.

The available computing power in eRadiator system is linked to a cloud service over the internet. Nerd Alize sells these locally distributed computing to companies and research institutes. The start-up claims that with this set-up costs for large computing projects by 30 to 55 percent reductions compared to providers like Amazon and Google, citing research from the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computing Science. The cost saving is achieved because no physical data center built and more needs to be maintained there, including the energy-hungry cooling systems. In addition, the waste heat is used not only for computational tasks, but also for the direct heating.

With the current design of the eRadiator the heater must be mounted on an outside wall. For example, in the summer, when there is no heating is required, the residual heat easily be discharged to the outside. Nerd Alize looks together with Eneco or other heat methods are suitable. Another condition is that the houses have a fast Internet connection, preferably fiberglass. The five homes where the two companies are now performing tests, this is the case.

Nerd Alize late on his servers run virtualized computing chores. For this use the Docker, an open source container system that makes it possible to virtualized applications, unless this is necessary, to move rapidly. In addition to performing commercial computing jobs will pay the start-up of unsold computation to include medical examinations.

Eneco furthermore announces that it has acquired a minority stake in Nerd Alize. The power company says to see a lot of potential in the eRadiator while Nerd Alize has indicated it wants to view or heating concept on a larger scale can be used, for example in business.


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