In my customer-facing role at Nerdalize I have explained our concept to hundreds of people in the year that I have been working here. I often talk about my work to potential customers, on network events and at fairs. And being someone that tends to take some work home, it often passes conversations with friends or family at birthday parties.
The responses are always very enthusiastic, but our solution also often triggers a lot of questions. One of the first things that often comes to mind: “but since you guys are producing heat, what do you do when there is no need for this heat? What about summer?”
Let me be clear on one thing: as a cloud customer you can keep running computations in summer. But how do we manage this heat production?
There are a number of measures we took to make sure we can compute and produce heat throughout every day of the year:
Hot water buffer – One of the reasons we switched to heating water instead of air is that it is easier to create a thermal buffer. This way the water can be used in the kitchen or bathroom whenever the heat is needed. And people shower and wash dishes throughout the year anyhow!
Distribution of heat – An advantage of our distributed system is that we can distribute the computations and thereby distribute the heat production based on the need for heat per household. If the maximum temperature is reached in one home, but not in another we can easily transfer a computation to a different CloudBox to make sure the heat is produced where it is still needed.
Heat dump – In case we do have an overproduction of heat we designed the system to dispose of the heat. This is of course our last option and we will always try to make efficient use of all the produced heat.
Future integrations – We are always looking at future integrations with different systems such as underfloor heating and heat pumps to make even more and more efficient use of all the produced heat from computations.
I am very happy to be working on a solution that gets both great responses, but also triggers a lot of questions with people! Is there anything you want to know from us? Please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org