SAN JOSE, Calif. - Giving new meaning to the term “server farm,” a team of Hewlett-Packard researchers has come up with a plan for combining cow chips and computer chips to build an environmentally friendly data center - powered by manure.
HP scientists have proposed using a biogas recovery system that would convert livestock waste into methane, to be used as fuel to generate electricity for data centers - those cutting-edge computer facilities that serve as the nerve centers for an increasingly Internet-dependent world.
In turn, the system would use the heat produced by the banks of server computers - sometimes referred to as server farms - to assist the process of converting the animal waste into fuel.
Methane a ‘green house gas’? It’s more than that apparently.