How can we help people in fuel poverty keep warm?

Heata began as an innovation project with British Gas; how could we help people living in fuel poverty? At the time there was a lot of coverage of Bitcoin mining and the vast quantities of energy miners were using, and the vast quantities of waste heat they were generating.

We wondered if we could utilise that waste heat to help, so we put a miner in a barrel of mineral oil and connected it up to a radiator to demonstrate the idea.

Radiators are only used for part of the year...

We re-engineered the system to work with domestic hot water cylinders where demand is fairly constant all year round, and switched from Bitcoin mining to general compute so it could support the decarbonisation of a rapidly growing industry.

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