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One Person’s Trash is Another’s Treasure: Reusing Heat Energy in the Data Center

The expression “there’s gold in them hills” can be applied to data centers in an unexpected area: the heat energy the infrastructure produces. Excessive heat is generally considered a bad thing for a data center’s hardware, so it’s typical to build server racks with comprehensive cooling functionality. In most cases, the heat gets released outside in one way or another, but that heat could be used to provide energy for other purposes and reduce the overhead cost of operation. According to Data Center Knowledge, data centers end up releasing upwards of 98 percent of utilized electricity as low-grade heat energy. Read More

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