What: Nerdalize
Where: Delft
Who: Boaz Leupe, Mathijs de Meijer en Florian Schneider
Since: 2013
Source: Nerdalize

The eRadiator

By placing high performance servers in homes Nerdalize creates highly distributed compute cloud without the overhead cost of conventional cloud and co-location solutions. This creates a triple-win where sustainable computing power becomes an affordable commodity, homes are heated for free and emissions are drastically reduced. The first families have already piloted computers as stove.

Nerdalize puts servers into peoples houses, disguised as modern heating. The waste heat is used to heat the house. The current needed to cool the servers, it is no longer necessary. This structural cost advantage allows us to offer computing power that is up to 55% more affordable than major cloud-providers or co-location solutions whilst giving incredible performance. Effectively, there is 75 percent energy savings in winter and 50 percent in the summer. Indeed, there are no more costs for housing and cooling of data centers. Also for the environment, there is considerable profit: the energy is used twice, once to count and once to heat.

Together with Eneco, one of the largest energy suppliers in the Netherlands, Nerdalize have rolled out the first heaters with a select group of their customers under the name Eneco eRadiator. The Nerdalize heater contains high-performance servers in the form of a radiator and allows for them to be placed in your home safely and secure. As Nerdalize covers the cost of electricity, the heat generated by computations, such as medical research, heat your home for free.