Some companies need a lot of computer processing power, which of course generates a lot of heat that then needs to be mitigated.
Some people need heat for their spaces, which of course they have to pay for.
A French company called Qarnot has figured out a clever way to get these problems solved for each other. They have distributed the value of a network of their QH-1, which they call a “computer heater,” to homes, offices, and public buildings.
Your customers who need computer power can access this network of computer heaters as needed; residents receive free heating. Heat levels are controlled by an app, which means computer needs are shifted to other units when residents want it to cool down.
As a heater, it is “efficient, environmentally friendly and 100% quiet,” the company writes. And it reduces overall energy costs; the heat that would have been generated anyway by the calculation is instead distributed to those who need it, preventing them from having to buy other sources. A hot idea.