French startup Qarnot has ended a $6.5 million funding round. The company builds heaters and boilers with a unique trick — they pack computers as machines tend to generate a lot of heat. Qarnot then lets corporations leverage that computing power by running tasks on those unusual servers.
Banque des Territoires, Caisse des Dépôts, Engie Rassembleur d’Énergies, A/O PropTech and Groupe Casino are collaborating in the funding round.
Qarnot is engineering alternative data centers by taking advantage of heat instead of fighting the heat. The corporation first started with computing heaters, an electrical heater with a server. The corporate sells those units to construction firms looking for heaters for their new buildings.
People living or working in those buildings can then control heating instantly on the heaters or through a mobile app. Qarnot heats almost 1,000 social housing units.
At the other end of the equation, firms such as BNP Paribas, Société Générale, and Natixis rent these servers for their own requirements. Illumination Mac Guff is also utilizing the platform to produce 3D models for animated movies.
Heating patients from seasonality. That’s why Qarnot has also designed scalable boiler systems. These boilers pack CPU servers or a mix of CPU and GPU servers.
Qarnot has set up a joint venture with Groupe Casino to heat warehouses with computer racks.