Data Centers - Completed

Data Centers - Completed

Organizations participating in the Data Center Accelerator committed to reducing the infrastructure energy intensity of one or more of their data centers by 25% over a period of five years. Federal agencies, national laboratories, higher education facilities, and private businesses worked with DOE to meter and track both their IT and infrastructure energy usage and developed creative and cost-effective energy efficiency improvements to reach their energy savings goals. On average, partners achieved a 36% improvement in their data center’s infrastructure energy surpassing the Accelerator’s original goal, resulting in $3.9 million in annual cost savings.

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Better Buildings hosts interactive webinars featuring a variety of topics exploring cost-effective ways for organizations to integrate energy savings into their daily building operations. All Better Buildings webinars are free to attend.

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.

2020 Better Buildings Progress Report

To date, the 950+ Better Buildings partners have saved nearly 1.8 quadrillion Btus, achieving more than $11 billion in energy and cost savings.

Featured Solutions

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) enterprise data center used for in-house needs and scientific computing, was rebuilt in the mid-1990s and has continued to undergo a series of transitions and energy efficiency upgrades to meet increased demand.
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory outgrew its former data center space and underwent a retro-commissioning process to meet the data center's growing needs.
To achieve and maintain lasting operational efficiency at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) developed a sophisticated data analytics (ODA) system – Operations Monitoring and Notification Infrastructure (OMNI) to provide key operational insights about the data centers performance and energy efficiency.
In order to maintain the facility's net zero energy status, NREL improved the efficiency of the Research Support Facility's data center by upgrading outdated IT equipment, conslidating blade centers, and improving the metering system among other best practices. As a result, the data center achieved an 84% reduction in PUE.
This guide intends to help data center owners and operators implement a metering system that allows their organizations to gather the necessary data for effective decision-making and energy-efficiency improvements.

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.

Reports

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. 
This report explores air management best practices in small data centers (<5,000 square feet). Good air management in data centers is not only imperative for energy efficiency but also for managing the thermal environment, which is a proxy for equipment reliability. Good air management is critical to achieving the right balance between energy savings and thermal conformance.
This report estimates historical data center electricity consumption back to 2000, relying on previous studies and historical shipment data, and forecasts consumption out to 2020 based on new trends and the most recent data available.

Showcase Project

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) enterprise data center used for in-house needs and scientific computing, was rebuilt in the mid-1990s and has continued to undergo a series of transitions and energy efficiency upgrades to meet increased demand.

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.

FY2020 Sector 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
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

Maryland

U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)

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