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So these buildings would need more AC power to cool those "mini-data centers" in the summer?? This is not as efficient as it sounds...
    
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Don't forget to factor in transportation costs.

You have to deliver the elecricity and pay for that service/inefficieny as well.
And factor in where you live (main sources differ from area - hydro, coal, nuclear) and what time of day it is (peak hours-coal, non peak -hydro). Converting electricity into heat is efficient - but converting heat into steam into mechanical energy into electricity and then back to heat isn't very efficient (typical power plant) - which explains the cost of electricity.
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Use water to cool servers, transport water to apartments for heating during winter times or just heat water for warmwater (yes i had to write it like that), it works and it works good (in my mind of course). no need to rent basement space in the suburbs, besides the no good suburbian destroyers of worlds would just eat the cables.
 
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Ive been doing this with my 580s for months now
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plain stupid
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post #26 of 41
Generating heat with electricity is more expensive than using gas or wood.

But what if it was subsidized? I bet somebody would like to be able to access all that computing power (a university's Physics Dept. for example), and if they were willing to pay for some of the initial cost for getting it set up, and part of the electric bill, both homeowner and university might be able to get their needs met for less money.

If they split the electric bill, both parties save, and the university does not need to buy building space.
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I fold 24/7 in the winter here, I feel so ahead of the curve. Two machines doing folding on the CPU and upwards of two GPUs each... keeps stuff toasty
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No thanks. Too much opportunity for abuse, from either party.
That made no sense
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post #29 of 41
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Originally Posted by Huzzbutt View Post
Use water to cool servers, transport water to apartments for heating during winter times or just heat water for warmwater (yes i had to write it like that), it works and it works good (in my mind of course). no need to rent basement space in the suburbs, besides the no good suburbian destroyers of worlds would just eat the cables.
Didn't IBM come up with a concept similar to this except it was to heat a pool lol.
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post #30 of 41
i've been using my pc to heat my apartment way before it was mainstream, yeah.
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