Passive cooling

Facebook is to build a server farm near the arctic circle. [Telegraph]


  1. Not to be outdone, Google will soon announce it’s plan to build an underwater fortress and/or moon base.

  2. Hmmm…move the hot stuff closer to the stuff that’s melting.  That’ll impress folks in the Great and Glorious Online Global Warming Flamewar, I’m sure.

    1. Can’t wait for the first climate change denier to point to THIS as the sole cause of shrinking glaciers.

  3. Actually, as a point of trivia, a moon base would be a miserable place for passive cooling.  Vacuum is a very effective insulator, preventing heat from conducting or convecting.
    However, the deep sea would be really good for cooling, both because it’s really cold and water is great at absorbing heat.  And hey, the oceans are already heating up and acidifying…why not just hurry the process along and get it over with?

  4. i agree with wayne & lobster — the permafrost is not a heatsink. 
    but as a non-user i say “build it”, and watch it quickly sink into the bog it makes for itself… er as in physically and literally speaking.

  5. Actually this wouldn’t be a bad thing for the arctic ice since the cooling would be more efficient and wouldn’t release carbon.  If you burn fossil fuels to achieve X btu of cooling, you not only use more than X btu of energy, releasing that heat into the environment, you also release carbon dioxide and other pollutants which contribute to arctic ice loss.

  6. Is the subhead of the article accurate- they’re putting ALL their servers there? Seems like a global entity like Facebook would want more redundancy if a single natural disaster could wipe out the service indefinitely.

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