[LINK] Co-generation Cyber-Cafe Internet coffee appliance

Sylvano sylvano at gnomon.com.au
Fri Jan 30 20:18:45 AEDT 2009

I vote we award Tom with the best Friday "relief from work Link posting" 
award! Particularly as it's on topic and right on the carbon offset 
discussion.  Wonderful!!

Gnomon Publishing

On Friday 30 January 2009, Tom Worthington wrote:
>          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
> water
> <http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5489134.e
>ce> 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
> <http://www.hollandbymail.com/coffee/coffee_preparation.html>, which
> is within the operating range of many commonly used CPUs
> <http://www.technibble.com/what-is-my-computers-maximum-cpu-temperature/>.
> The use of a solid state cooling device to pump heat from the CPU to
> the warming plate is also being investigated
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermoelectric_effect>.
> 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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