Data Centers

Data Centers

Organizations participating in the Data Center Accelerator commit to reducing the infrastructure energy intensity of one or more of their data centers by 25 percent over a period of five years. Federal agencies, national laboratories, higher education facilities, and private businesses will work with DOE to meter and track both their IT and infrastructure energy usage during the commitment period, aiming to develop creative and cost effective energy efficiency improvements to reach their energy savings goals.

Get Involved

Better Buildings programs host interactive webinars featuring a variety of topics exploring cost-effective ways to integrate energy savings into their daily building operations. 

2018 Progress Report

More than 350 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge are saving 380 trillion Btus and an estimated $3.1 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.

Data Center Challenge Partners

Learn about the great work of the Data Center Partners in the Better Buildings Challenge. Access proven solutions and other helpful resources for data centers.

Other Resources

Fact Sheet

This factsheet provides information on the program and how your organization can join and become a data center accelerator partner.

Guidance

Read about the importance of accelerating energy efficiency in our nation's data centers, including frequently asked questions and an overview of the available partnership programs.

Partnership Agreement

Federal agencies, national laboratories, higher education facilities, and private businesses will work with DOE to meter and track both their IT and infrastructure energy usage during the commitment period, aiming to develop creative and cost effective energy efficiency improvements to reach their energy savings goals.

Presentations

Data center managers are increasingly looking to renewable forms of energy to power their operations. This presentation gives an overview of types of renewable energy, avenues for assistance in developing renewable projects, and ways to evaluate the financial feasibility of renewable energy projects.
IT equipment can be a significant driver for energy use in data centers. This presentation describes new trends and advancements in IT energy efficiency that can help data center managers cut energy costs.
Intelligent metering is a prerequisite to effectively managing energy use in data centers. This presentation details metering options for different data center configurations to help facilities managers calculate their data centers' power usage effectiveness.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) boasts the most energy efficient data center in the world. This presentation describes the data center, its energy efficient features, and how it was built.
This presentation from the Data Center World Conference looks at the holistic approach taken by the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in designing the world's most energy efficient data center.

Report

The purpose of this brief guide is to present opportunities for small data center owners and operators that generally make sense and do not need expensive assessment and analysis to justify. 

Additional Information

Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers
The Center of Expertise is located at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). LBNL has long been recognized by industry as a leading source for technical expertise on energy efficiency in data centers. View their available resources, tools and trainings.

ASHRAE Paper - Thermosyphon Cooler Hybrid System for Water Savings in an Energy-Efficient HPC Data Center: Modeling and Installation
This paper describes the installation of thermosyphon cooler hybrid systems.

NREL's High-Performance Computing Data Center
View information about NREL's high-performance data center and see the center's energy efficiency dashboard as well as other technologies they have implemented.

Priorities

Partners

A-Z

Argonne National Laboratory
Defense Health Agency (DHA)
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
Georgia Institute of Technology
Indiana University
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Stanford University
State of Michigan
U.S. Department of Defense - Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
U.S. Department of Justice – Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)
University of Colorado
University of Iowa
Virtustream
Waste Management

Location

California

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
Stanford University

Colorado

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
University of Colorado

District Of Columbia

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology

Illinois

Argonne National Laboratory

Indiana

Indiana University

Iowa

University of Iowa

Maryland

U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)
Virtustream

Michigan

State of Michigan

Missouri

U.S. Department of Justice – Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory

North Carolina

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Tennessee

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Texas

Waste Management

Virginia

Defense Health Agency (DHA)
U.S. Department of Defense - Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

Washington

Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory