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hey everyone welcome back to tech feed
I’m Julia Beauchamp today let’s talk green IT tech requires a lot of power
which isn’t particularly eco-friendly recycling energy could be the answer
stick around obviously all the tech we all own requires power from small
wearables to huge data centers everything’s got to be plugged in
somehow at some point you know how your laptop can get really hot while you’re
charging it that he is an unwanted byproduct of power in your laptop
virtually everything that’s plugged in generates some kind of heat and in the
case of huge data centers that can be extremely inefficient data centers are
huge producers of heat and then they’ve got to be cooled down but what if
there’s a way to recycle this thermal energy into something that’s actually
useful well that’s just what researchers are trying to do at Rice University now
this idea is in its early stages so there’s no guarantee that it’ll pan out
but it seems pretty cool let’s travel quickly back to high school science
class energy can be converted into other types of energy that’s how computers end
up with all this heat in the first place so the researchers goal is to convert
this thermal energy into light which would then be converted into electricity
think about solar panels it’s kind of the same idea this idea makes data
centers and tech in general a lot greener and it’s certainly not the only
green IT idea floating around as cloud computing continues to grow in
popularity so the amount of data centers across the globe and cutting back on
inefficiency will only prove more important as the push for renewable
energy grows so this idea may not be a reality just yet don’t expect the push
for greener IT to end anytime soon thanks for watching this episode of tech
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