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Data Centers - Completed

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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.

Get Involved

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.

Watch Recorded Webinars

Watch all previously recorded webinars in the On-Demand Webinars library sorted by popular topics such as resilience, zero energy buildings, and more.

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

Presentation

Sustainable Data Centers Presentation

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.

Report

Air Management in Small Data Centers Report

This report explores air management best practices in small data centers under 5,000 square feet. Good air management in data centers is not only imperative for energy efficiency but also for managing the thermal environment and ensuring equipment reliability.

Showcase Project

Liquid Cooling Success at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s 50B-1275 Data Center 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.

Toolkits

Data Center Accelerator Toolkit Toolkit

This toolkit addresses specific barriers and solutions for energy management in 5 primary data center types, including real-world examples for each. It collects guidance, factsheets, best practices, and other resources based on the work of DOE's Better Buildings Data Center Accelerator.

Partners

  • Argonne National Laboratory
    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
    The Home Depot
    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
  • Illinois

    Argonne National Laboratory

    Virginia

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

    Georgia

    The Home Depot
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Maryland

    U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)

    California

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

    Massachusetts

    Colorado

    National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    University of Colorado

    Texas

    Waste Management

    New Mexico

    Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Washington

    Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

    District Of Columbia

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

    North Carolina

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    Michigan

    State of Michigan

    Indiana

    Indiana University

    Tennessee

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Missouri

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