Poop-powered computers

Published on August 26th, 2011
Poop-powered computers

Pretty much everything we use is powered by electricity, so it’s very important for us to know where we can get all the electricity we need.

Many companies are trying their best to try and cut down their electricity consumption. A good example would be Google, which consumes a lot of energy.

Did you know that Google searches require the same energy that an 11 watt bulb uses when it’s on for an hour? So you can only imagine how much energy is required for the Google servers and all other equipment to run. For this reason, Google has now tried to cut their energy costs by developing advanced cooling methods and using energy saving techniques.

Another company has taken it a step further. Hewlett-Packard plans to use cattle manure to power their data centres. According to HP, a dairy farm with about 10 000 cows produces approximately 200 000 tons of manure in a year.

To find out how they’re planning to do this, you’ve got to read this article

Pic credit: kevinzim

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