New York inventor Lawrence Orsini began work last year on Project Exergy, a plan to develop high-performance computers that capture, store and distribute the heat they generate. The computers would be deployed in homes and businesses instead of server farms, with the excess thermal energy used to heat those locations and reduce energy costs.
Orsini is now working on stage 2 prototypes dubbed "DareHenry," using fatty acid/fatty ester phase change material as a thermal storage medium.
He continues to pursue funding for the project, which raised more than $18,000 on IndieGoGo last year. Project Exergy made it to the final four for Department of Energy R&D funding as part of a team that included NREL and is still in the hunt for ARPA-E funding, Orsini said in an e-mail interview.
At right is one of several DareHenry prototypes with a 50-gallon phase change thermal storage tank.