The CENTER OF EXPERTISE for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

What: The Department of Energy-led Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers (CoE) demonstrates national leadership in decreasing the energy use of data centers. Through the supply of technical support, tools, best practices, analyses, and the introduction of technologies, CoE assists federal agencies and other organizations implement data center energy efficiency projects. The CoE partners with key public and private stakeholders to further efficiency efforts.

Where: 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. CoE partners with public and private organizations to advance joint initiatives benefiting both sectors; whereby the adoption and deployment of energy efficient technologies and best practices serves as a "new normal" for data center facilities managers.

Why: Data centers are energy-intensive facilities and potential benefits of data center energy efficiency include 20-40% typical savings and an extension of the life and capacity of infrastructures.

  • 10 to 100 times more energy intensive than an office
  • Server racks now designed for more than 25+ kW 
  • Surging demand for data storage; the demand for computing is growing faster than efficiency
  • 2% of U.S. electricity consumption
  • Power and cooling constraints in existing facilities

For further information on U.S. data centers, please see LBNL's United States Data Center Energy Usage Report.