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Cow Computing

In a Disney-esque circle-of-life marriage between high tech and big agriculture, researchers from HP have proposed powering server farms with waste from dairy farms. In a nutshell, methane from bacteria-digested cow manure would be used to generate electricity. About 10,000 cows could supply enough juice (milk?) for a 1MW data center. While co-located power solutions are not new to data centers or industry, the HP proposal is a reminder us that everything has a carbon footprint, and we’ll need an electricity system that’s flexible enough to adapt and incorporate all innovative energy sources, however cheezy, creamy or otherwise appealing.

From the NY Times



Posted 05-19-2010 10:49 AM by hsiehe

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