China is the world’s biggest energy consumer and home to 500 million internet users. Unprecedented demand and policies are driving rampant growth in data centers throughout the country.


DOE is working with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and industry to promote open standards, test procedures, specifications, and evaluation metrics for U.S. and Chinese data centers. DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) is working with participants in the Open Compute Project (OCP) to expand its concept to China. Information on this Industry-Driving Harmonization of International Data Center Standards project is available here.

A green data center symposium was held in Shanghai on September 2015. The symposium was organized by the Chinese Institute of Electronics (CIE) and OCP in order for industry experts to share best practices, explore new technologies, and discuss data center design. Companies represented include Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Life Insurance, Huawei, Neusoft, United Technologies, and Emerson.

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR (Hosted May 19th, 2015)

A free webinar, The Emerging Chinese Market for High Performance Data Centers, was offered by DOE to shed light on some of the significant opportunities and challenges for companies that are exploring this market. Leading practitioners, researchers and officials shared insights from years of bilateral cooperation in this sector.  

LBNL reviewed China's market (data center stock, key actors, policies, incentives, and trends), described joint U.S. - China initiatives, identified specific energy efficiency opportunities, and recommended key resources. Senior experts from Power Standards Laboratory and Hewlett Packard then shared their experiences with deploying high performance technologies and concepts in China.

A recording of the 55-minute webinar can be viewed here. Webinar slides are available for downloaded here