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Harness the heat generated by computer processor to produce electricity to supplement the regular power supply.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130617D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Computer processors produce tremendous heat that is normally simply blown into the atmosphere by cooling fans. This proposes to harness that heat as a power source with the generated power being used to allow the computer to run more economically.

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Harness the heat generated by computer processor to produce electricity to supplement the regular power supply .

Computer processors produce tremendous heat that is normally simply blown into the atmosphere by cooling fans. This idea proposes to take advantage of this waste heat to produce power that is used to supplement the regular power supply to the computer, thus reducing the overall power consumption.

    By attaching one or more thermal generator devices to the hot surface of the computer processor, power from the thermal generator is wired back to supplement the main power supply or utilized to power ancillary equipment.

    A number of different technologies are available as thermal generators and one in particular stands out as a promising solution; it's known as a MEMS-TAR -Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems Thermo-Acoustic Resonator - from Fellows Research Group, Inc. and described in detail at http://www.io.com/~frg/.