Why is trying to make a computer cool good for the environment?



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    Typically, the concern is that the technology needed to cool the computers uses lots of energy.  This becomes more of a problem with large companies that use lots of computers at once.  The added energy use necessarily results in increased carbon emissions.

    However, in 2009 the Swiss developed technology that harnesses the heat from computers to warm buildings.  This innovation, in conjunction with IBM, developed a liquid cooling server system which uses excess heat generated by computers.  The liquid cooled system applied to the server makes it much easier for scientists to harness the excess heat.  The new system generates zero additional carbon emissions, ironically turning computer heat into a solution to global warming.

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