The Internet of Things and the Circular Economy: Rethinking the Design of Computers and Heaters
Qarnot computing has developed a high-performance computing (HPC) service based on a decentralised cloud-based computing heater, lowering the carbon footprint of computations by up to 75 per cent.
Qarnot has a two-sided business model, offering free heat and an intelligent solution for all kinds of buildings, and a competitive HPC service for companies. Its innovation emerged from identifying the complementarity between sectors (information technology and buildings) that seldom work together, yet share common technical issues.
This case study illustrates that disruptive cross-sector innovations do not always fit within existing regulatory frameworks, so it is important to develop the case for exemptions early in the process.