Describe the most common energy efficiency measures specific to data centers.
Explain where different data center energy efficiency measures apply and don’t apply.
Discuss the pros and cons associated with data center energy efficiency measures.
Estimate the expected savings associated with data center energy efficiency measures.
Who should watch?
Data center and IT professionals, facility managers, energy managers, sustainability directors and coordinators, energy efficiency program managers and administrators, and anyone interested in data center energy efficiency.
A growing demand for information technology means a growing demand for power hungry data centers. In 2010, data centers in the United States alone consumed nearly 100 billion kWh, or roughly 2% of the country’s total power consumption. They regularly use up to 200 times more electricity than standard office spaces. The good news is that opportunities exist to save energy and money in data centers without sacrificing reliability or compromising critical systems. Join us to take a look at the top 10.
We’ll make the case for data center energy conservation measures and highlight those that should not be ignored. From computer room air conditioning unit upgrades to thin client provisioning and decommissioning; we’ll explain various energy conservation measures including when and where they apply, as well as the pros and cons. Examples will be shared to substantiate the information provided.
Introduction and making the case for data center energy conservation measures
Computer room air conditioning and computer room air handler unit upgrades
Air cooled condensers to dry cooler
Dry cooler to evaporative cooling
Direct expansion to chilled water
Uninterruptible power supplies and power distribution unit upgrades
Hot aisle cold aisle rack layout
Economizer (airside or waterside)
Airflow containment—airflow management
Space temperature setpoint adjustment
Variable frequency drives
High efficiency motors
Electronically commutated fan motors
Increased efficiency chiller
Increase chilled water setpoint
Virtualization, thin client provisioning and decommissioning
In row cooling
Cooling tower measures
Question and answer
Michael Bushell PE
Willdan Energy Solutions
In his current role, Mike designs and develops utility energy efficiency programs and is responsible for tracking and realizing approximately 24 million kWh of savings annually. He manages all facets of the programs including the coordination of program activities from inception to post verification exercises, and oversees 13 independent technical service provider organizations. Mike has been a guest presenter on data center efficiency for the Energy Defense Fund Climate Corps 2014 summer training series and holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a master’s degree from DePaul University.
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