In the United States, data centers consume about 70 billion kWh of electricity per year, close to 2% of all U.S. electricity use, and are growing users of energy as more information is shared and stored online. If all U.S. data centers were 20% more efficient, we could save about 14 billion kWh by 2020 as a nation. That translates to roughly $1.4 billion in cost savings.
Learn about the great work of the Data Center Accelerator Partners. Each Accelerator is a targeted, short-term, partner-focused activity designed to address persistent barriers that stand in the way of greater efficiency.
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Sabey Data Centers: Workforce Development Partnership with Big Bend Community College Solutions at a GlanceSabey Data Centers partnered with Big Bend Community College to develop a Data Center Training Program that prepares students for the Information Technology and facility management jobs critical to successfully maintaining data centers.
Data Center Optimization at NREL Research Support Facility Showcase ProjectThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Research Support Facility (RSF) uses 50% less energy than if it were built to current commercial building code standards and is certified LEED Platinum. The RSF also houses one of NREL’s greenest data centers.
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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.
United States Data Center Energy Usage Report
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.
Data Center Growth in the United States: Decoupling the Demand for Services from Electricty Use
This paper presents a bottom-up model to estimate data center electricity demand in the United States over a 20 year period and examines observed and projected electricity use trends in the context of changing data center operations.