[LINK] Co-generation Cyber-Cafe Internet coffee appliance
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Jan 30 09:40:08 AEDT 2009
LinkGram - Media Release from The Link Institute
Co-generation web coffee appliance announced
Canberra, 28 January 2009: The Link Institute today announced a
breakthrough in energy saving to combat global warming: the
"Cyber-Cafe". This unit provides web services for a home or small
business and uses the waste heat to keep coffee warm.
The inspiration for the Cyber-Cafe came from two sources: research
which found that web searches use enough energy to heat
and The Trojan Room Coffee Machine at University of Cambridge
Computer Laboratory <http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/coffee/coffee.html>.
Chief Scientist Professor Klerphel reasoned that if a web search
generated enough heat for a cup of coffee, it might as well be used
to heat a cup of coffee. The University of Cambridge produced a
computer equipped coffee pot in the 1990s, but it was powered by
conventional greenhouse gas producing fossil fuel derived
electricity. The co-generation coffee pot reduces greenhouse gas
emissions by 50%.
The web coffee appliance consists of a modified desktop PC. The
processor chips have been connected via a thermal bridge to a coffee
pot warming plate. A thermostatic fan has been added to cool the CPU
if the processing load is too high (or the coffee pot runs dry). A
supervisor program monitors the coffee temperature and will run extra
tasks indexing local data and for the global computing cloud, to keep
the coffee warm, if the processor is not otherwise needed.
The server runs a web site which reports on the current status of the
web coffee appliance and a how much coffee is left in the pot.
Research has shown that the ideal temperature to serve coffee is 80
to 85 degrees Celsius
is within the operating range of many commonly used CPUs
The use of a solid state cooling device to pump heat from the CPU to
the warming plate is also being investigated
Google is rumored to have licensed the technology and is in
negotiations with a major global chain of coffee shops. "It makes
sense: the more people who come into a cyber cafe, the more web
searches and the more coffee they drink." Klerphell said.
Tom Worthington FACS HLM tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
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