Turning Energy Challenges into New Solutions

With the vision of creating a world where heating is free and where sustainable computing power is an affordable commodity, Dutch firm Nerdalize developed the 'Nerdalize heater'. The heater contains high-performance computer servers in a domestic radiator housing.

Computer energy to heat homes

Normally, large server farms, or datacentres, for high intensity computing, are centralized and have challenges with cooling such large installations. By placing these servers in homes, Nerdalize creates a highly distributed compute cloud that is both energy-efficient and affordable. This means that the same amount of energy is used twice, once to complete computations for companies and researchers, and then again to heat individual homes.

Sustainable energy generation

On top of the energy savings, this approach cuts the cost per compute job by 30-to-50% for Nerdalize clients, as well as giving them the satisfaction of knowing that they are computing sustainably, by heating people’s homes with the heat they generate. The model has been rolled-out in the Netherlands in cooperation with Eneco, one of the country’s largest energy providers. The Nerdalize model helps to provide affordable computing power for companies, provides free heating for domestic homes as a by-product, and reduces CO2 emissions by reducing traditional energy generation. By thinking out-of-the-box and across sectors and using existing technologies, it is possible to increase energy efficiency and reduce impact on the planet.

Sustainable Urban Delta

The inherent complexities and pressures associated with densely populated urban areas are second nature to the Dutch. Over many centuries, authorities, industries, knowledge institutes, and citizens have striven to develop integrated approaches and a holistic vision to enable sustainable development of the urban environment – the Sustainable Urban Delta.