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Qarnot (QH-1)

Making buildings smart with free computing waste heat

April 2019
Gallery Qarnot (QH-1) 1
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Identification

QH-1 heats buildings by reusing waste-heat from microprocessors performing high performance computations remotely.

Given that data entres consume 3% of the world's electricity, QH-1 takes advantage of this lost heat and uses it as a heat source to warm rooms. Through a disruptive and distributed infrastructure, it provides cloud computing where computing power is no longer deployed in concentrated data centers, but split throughout the city. Buildings become "smart" because of QH-1. It offers free heating, Wi-Fi, an auto-scheduled heating mode, remote control, voice command, air quality monitoring, fire alarm detection, presence and intrusion detection. QH-1 heats social housing units and building offices for free while computing remotely for major banks, 3D animation studios and research labs.

Label Date April 2019
From France
Maturity stage Medium and large scale commercialization
Looking For Visibility, funding, technical and commercial partners

Sectors - Value chain - Application

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Design, Power & Produce
Package & Distribute
Use & Efficiency
Valorize & Restore
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The environmental benefits

  • Carbon footprint of computations reduced by an estimated 70%-75%.
  • Significantly lowers maintenance and energy costs.
  • No heating bill thanks to QH-1.
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The Financial benefits

  • A payback period of 5-7 years for building owners along with significantly lower maintenance and energy costs.
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Implementation Stories

Qarnot (QH-1) by Qarnot computing
Implemented by Département de la Gironde in Bordeaux (France) in 2018

The Gironde county council and Gironde social landlord, adopted Qarnot QH-1 in October 2018 after Qarnot technologies had been recognized by the French Law as Renewable Energy. 346 space heaters have been installed in Bordeaux to heat two levels of public offices, and four levels of social housing (49 apartments). 6,000 m2 are fully heated by Qarnot’s QH-1, providing renewable and free heat to the users. The building, called “Florestine” was the first in the world entirely heated by computers.

Result

2,500 mwh of energy reused = 600 t of co2 saved

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Company Profile

Qarnot computing

Qarnot uses waste heat from computations to heat buildings, and lower the carbon footprint of servers.

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Headquarters 92120 Montrouge, France
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