wiki:ZeroEmissionHeating

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Introduction

Zero Emission Heating is a research project which uses left-over processing power from old computer equipment to transform Green Energy (generated using Wind & Solar Power) to heat.

This yields to the following benefits:

  • The 'high quality' energy has a dual purpose, instead of directly converting it to heat.
  • Reuse of equipment is placed higher on the Waste Hierarchy ladder, than Recycling or Disposal.
  • The computing power could be used for the common cause, by calculating for science projects using BOINC.

Approach

I have an old PC with additional GPU, how-ever running this at full capacity does not yield enough heat to fully heat my home, so I properly needs to be running multiple machines and do not mind the extra noice.

Kickback

By using Gridcoin (GRC) you could get a small rebate of the costs required to run the equipment

Challenges

It comes with the following challenges:

  • Running (old) computers requires time & effort in order to keep them running.
  • Spare parts needs to be around to be able to cope with failures.
  • Drivers for old GPU hardware are sometimes hard to get to work.

Similar projects

  • Start-up Nerdalize is using computing power to heat tap-water.

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