The idea of a ‘Smart’ home just got a whole lot smarter thanks to a Dutch utility.
In a trial run, Eneco is looking for five families to use its Nerdalize heating system. The name may seem strange but considering the heating source is computer servers it’s a nice, tongue-in-cheek way of drawing attention to what may be a revolutionary heating system.
“The Nerdalize heater contains high-performance servers in the form of a radiator and allows for them to be placed in your home safely and secure,” the company’s site explains. “As Nerdalize covers the cost of electricity, the heat generated by computations, such as medical research, heat your home for free.”
The hardware for the heaters was actually developed by Nerdalize, a Dutch start-up, reports Myce.com. The system utilizes waste heat from a number of Xeon CPUs to heat the area. The heat generated is sufficient to keep an average-size living room warm and toasty.
There are no ventilators on the server and it is cooled passively.
There is a catch, though.
Nerdalize will deliver the heaters to homes but those homes must then use cloud computing services offered by the company.
The test, PC World explained, is expected to last until the year’s end. Following the trial period, Eneco will decide if it wants to expand the service to more homes.