Thursday, June 3, 2010

HP shares a (can't say that word) idea

Today's Los Angeles Times includes a story entitled Manure could power data centers, Hewlett-Packard scientists say.

According to the Times:

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....

But that's only half of the story. As you probably know, data centers generate a lot of heat. The HP scientists propose to use the heat "to assist the process of converting the animal waste into fuel."

Patel's HP biography indicates an interest in "thermal management." The HP site also links to a YouTube video on cow dung powering.

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