Computing Heat Recycle Technology Development Center

Marietta, OH

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What is Computing Heat

The circuits in computers have electrical resistance. When electricity flows through the resistance, it generates heat. The energy that computers consume, is 100% converted to heat.

Power consumption by computing continues to accelerate:

Characteristics of Computing Heat:

1. Low grade heat: relative low temperature

2. Computing heat is clean , containing no impurities, different from other waste heat, e.g. power generation

Challenges of Computing Heat Recycle

1. Temperature and Quality of Heat: The temperature of computing heat is relatively low, making it difficult to extract useful energy from them.

2. Heat Recovery Efficiency: Efficiently capturing and recovering waste heat can be challenging. Heat recovery systems need to be designed to match the specific characteristics of computing heat. This requires careful consideration of heat exchanger design, fluid properties, and system integration. Achieving high heat recovery efficiency can be complex and may require customization for each application.

3. Technical Complexity: Implementing waste heat recovery systems can be technically complex. Designing and integrating heat recovery systems into data center infrastructure often requires expertise in thermal engineering, fluid dynamics, and system integration.

4. Cost-effectiveness: The cost-effectiveness of computing heat recovery projects is a significant challenge. The initial investment required to implement waste heat recovery systems can be high, and the payback period may be relatively long. Assessing the economic feasibility of such projects, including factors like equipment cost, operational costs, and energy savings, is essential.

5. Scalability and Adaptability: Adapting waste heat recovery technologies to different applications and scaling them up can be challenging. Developing scalable and adaptable waste heat recovery solutions that can be applied across various industries is a complex task.

6. Regulatory and Policy Frameworks: The absence of supportive policies and regulations can hinder waste heat recovery efforts. Governments play a crucial role in promoting waste heat recovery by providing incentives, setting energy efficiency standards, and facilitating knowledge-sharing platforms. The lack of a favorable regulatory and policy environment can impede the wider adoption of waste heat recovery technologies.

Addressing these challenges requires a multidisciplinary approach involving industry collaboration, technological advancements, supportive policies, and financial incentives. Researchers and engineers continue to explore innovative solutions and technologies to improve the efficiency and viability of computing heat recycling.

An open platform for computing heat recycling system and application research and development

Greenhouse Projects: Center greenhouse serves as a platform for computing heat recycle study of industrial, academic and community applications

The greenhouse has advanced design:

1. Heated with computing recycle heat.

2. It has temperature-controlled floor heat design

3. Auto roof open system.

Current projects:

Project 1: Work with local community on plant and vegetable growth

Project 2: Education programs with local academic schools

Project 3: Collaboration research projects

Other heat recycle application projects:

1. Fish hatchery project

2. Aquatic center project

3. Computing heat with higher temp

4. Applications in oil & gas industry

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Be part of carbon neutral effort, be part of practicing computing heat recycle.

You can help us as center program managers, educators and advisory committee members.

Our Center Team Structure


Tao Wu, Director

Abby Campbell, Education Program Manager

Sylvia Peng, Communication Manger

Cody Miller, Education Program Instructor

Bill Doak Education Program Instructor

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