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How a Finnish IT firm is using the heat from its computer servers, how the French are falling in love with barges and why the British government is wondering about the time.

Haulage, Helsinki, Russia, Technology, energy, heating, voting

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Helsinki [ENERGY]

In a Second World War bomb shelter in Helsinki, a cunning new system has been devised to turn people’s growing reliance on computers into a way to heat their houses. The bomb shelter, which is located beneath a 19th-century Orthodox cathedral, houses a 2 megawatt database server centre run by Finnish IT company Academica. Cooling the machines is expensive, however. So Academica has done a deal with local authorities to swap the heat its computers generate for cold water and free server space.

The water used by Academica to…

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