#33 - Interior Delights

Q-rad: Recycled Heat

Courtesy of Qarnot

You’ve probably noticed the heat your computer produces while processing tasks, becoming a wasted byproduct of other activity. But what if it could be transferred and reused? The Q-rad heater by Qarnot is designed to do just that. According to Qarnot, “the heat generated by all the data centers in the world could already heat half of Europe’s households, and it doubles every five years.”

Q-rad is a connected digital device that blends an electrical heater with a high-performance computing server. It produces heat—a byproduct of workload processing—by computation. An embedded counter measures electricity consumption, and related expenses are automatically refunded to the host. By avoiding use of cooling systems, Q-rad becomes a 100% sustainable heating solution.

In a building meeting modern insulation standards, Q-rad can heat a 150- to 300-square-foot space. The high-inertia Q-rad system produces a quality heat that is stable and homogeneous, distributed evenly throughout the room.


About the Author

Hilary Edesess is a freelance journalist based in Marseille, France. She blogs about culture, art and urban design.

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