Hewlett-Packard: 'Use cow poo to run servers'

Researchers from computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard have announced the findings of work into alternative sources of power for data centres.

The firm presented the finding at the Fourth International Conference on Energy Sustainability in Phoenix Arizona yesterday (May 20).

It said that a 'hypothetical farm' of 10,000 dairy cows had the potential to power a 1mega-watt data centre.

The research looked at using cow poo, and claims the average animal produces 54.7 kilo-grams, to power computers.

This amount of manure from one cow, according to Hewlett-Packard, can produce power 3kWh.

Therefore 10,000 cows would produce 30,000kWh, which the researchers believe could power the 1MW data centre.

Luke Walsh


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