The installation of a server heater, the Eneco eRadiator, in the living rooms of five families at different locations in the Netherlands this month, marks the start of an exclusive field test. The test is in line with Eneco’s strategy to develop into an energy partner of its customers by introducing innovative sustainable services.
Computer servers that perform calculations generate a lot of heat. By installing these servers in people’s homes instead of centralised large data centres, the generated heat can be used to heat these homes at no cost. The purpose of the test is to collect information on customer experience and to identify possible areas of improvement of the eRadiator.
This is the first time the design radiator with built-in server is installed in ordinary households. The servers shall perform complex calculations for a variety of companies and knowledge institutes, such as new medicine-related research for Leiden University Medical Centre.The Eneco eRadiator was developed by Nerdalize, a company that was founded in 2013 by the three initiators of the idea with the aim to further develop the server heater concept. Nerdalize is located at YES!Delft, Europe’s largest tech-incubator. Eneco believes that the eRadiator offers a range of possibilities and has acquired an interest in the start-up.
A study carried out in cooperation with the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computing Science shows that companies and institutions that require a lot of processing power can reduce their costs in the area of accommodation and cooling of data centres by 30 to 55% with the concept developed by Nerdalize. There are also environmental benefits, because the same energy is used for two different purposes: computation and heating.
It will take at the least to the end of the year to complete the field test. Eneco and Nerdalize will use the results to determine if and how the eRadiator can be made available to a larger number of customers. Interested parties who wish to stay informed of the latest developments can register by sending an email to eRadiator@eneco.com.