A patented passive cooling system for computer processors that’s undergoing optimization at The University of Alabama in Huntsville(UAH) could save U.S. consumers more than $6.3 billion per year in energy costs associated with running their computer cooling fans.
Imagine what it could do if in global use.
The system, which was awarded $10,000 in 2014 UAH Charger Innovation Funds, uses convection to circulate 3M’s Fluorinert FC-72 liquid through channels in a computer’s processor and then into a heat sink that serves as an external radiator.
Its adoption could save computer manufacturers $540 million annually in manufacturing material costs by eliminating fans and associated wiring. Energy and materials savings are based on a future in which 300 million machines are in use in the U.S.