Heated Pools Thanks to Data Centers
In Switzerland, a data center sits next to a local swimming pool. Keeping the equipment in the data center cool requires pushing cold air in and pushing hot air out. Instead of losing the hot air by pushing it outdoors, this data center is using it to heat the next door pool.
One of the major tech trends identified earlier in the year was “going green.” This project is a great example of using the cast-off hot air from computing to heat a community resource — the pool. The town helped fund some of the cost of the equipment to connect the two buildings, but is getting the warm air (and warm water) at no charge.