Energy Efficiency Toolkit Series: Electric Power Supply

Slide deck from the second of CoE's four part webinar series. This webinar provided an overview of electric power supply components in data centers; identification of typical energy savings opportunities among those components; and an introduction and demonstration of Berkeley Lab's revamped and updated Electric Power Chain Tool, which allows detailed characterization of the power chain for a data center and recommended/tailored actions to achieve energy savings.

This webinar is the second in a series that introduces a comprehensive toolkit for identifying energy-saving opportunities in data centers in furtherance of statutory and administrative requirements that federal agencies reduce their energy use and ensure energy resilience for critical infrastructure. Putting these tools in the hands of federal data center operators and energy managers enables achievement of those objectives. The most sought-after resources at FEMP's Center for Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers are a set of tools and documents aimed at characterizing energy use and identifying energy conservation measures in data centers. These tools include data center-wide energy efficiency diagnostics, analytics for electric power components and air management, a Master List of Energy Efficiency Actions for Data Centers, an encyclopedia of efficiency measures, and implementation tips. Together with guidance documents, a data collection tool and a reporting template, these resources constitute a publicly available, comprehensive toolkit for conducting a data center energy self assessment.

Nearly every component of the Data Center Energy Efficiency Toolkit has been updated or upgraded within the last year with particular attention to integrating, standardizing, and consolidating the components and adding a new information technology (IT) efficiency tool.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will understand:

  • The electric power chain, its components, and its most common opportunities for saving energy;
  • The DOE energy assessment process as it relates to the electric power chain;
  • The Electric Power Chain Tool, including its queries to the user, where responsive data may be found, what types of component data are "under the hood" of the tool; and tool outputs; and
  • The ways in which the tool contribute to a concrete plan of action and budget and engender institutional support for retrofits and energy-efficient procurements.