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.
Slide decks from the 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit sessions are available to download and share. This is a filtered list of Data Center sector-specific presentations.
To date, Better Buildings partners have saved nearly 1.4 quadrillion Btus, achieving more than $8 billion in energy and 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.
Energy Efficiency in Multi-Tenant Data Centers Implementation ModelAt multi-tenant data centers, customers needs and equipment vary, making the implementation of hot aisle containment complicated and potentially costly. Sabey requires hot aisle containment from their Intergate Quincy facility customers, while ensuring Sabey maintains ample flexibility in deploying the containment.
Computer Room Air Handler Upgrades at Bedford Colocation Facility Showcase ProjectBy performing upgrades to all constant volume CRAH units, aging air-cooled chiller equipment, and LED lights, Digital Realty was able to achieve a 39% PUE-1 reduction in energy use.
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.