Data Center Toolkit Webinar Series:
This four-part webinar series will introduce version 2.0 of the Center of Expertise's Energy Efficiency Toolkit. The toolkit is a set of tools and documents aimed at characterizing energy use and identifying energy conservation measures in data centers. The series will provide an overview of how to effectively utilize the toolkit in your data center, as well as a deeper dive into tools focused on air management, the electric power chain, and IT efficiency.
- Webinar 1: A Suite of Energy Assessment Tools
- Webinar 2: Electric Power Supply
- Webinar 3: Air Management
- Webinar 4: IT Efficiency
Air Management (Webinar 3)
This webinar will provide an overview of cooling air management (AM) in data centers; identification of typical energy-saving opportunities in air management; and selective demonstration of Berkeley Lab's air management tools, including introduction of the new AM Lookup Tables (aimed chiefly at smaller data centers). To varying degrees, these tools enable detailed diagnosis of cooling air flow and environmental control issues for a data center and, with two of the three tools, recommended or tailored actions to achieve energy savings, as well as estimates of those energy savings.
Extensive data collection may be needed to diagnose air management issues and take an energy assessor under floors and into the ceiling, but the solutions often rank among the lowest cost, lowest-hanging fruit in the realm of data center efficiency. The air management tools are thus among the most sought-after resources in FEMP's Center for Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers. As time allows, the webinar will also include mentions of other Center of Expertise resources and technical assistance opportunities.
The training is the third 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.
Upon completion of this course, attendees will understand:
- Typical air flow and temperature aspects of data center operations, typical challenges in air management and the most common opportunities for using better air and temperature management to save energy in the cooling apparatus of a data center;
- The U.S. Department of Energy assessment process as it relates to air management;
- Berkeley Lab's air management tool suite--leading with the Air Management Tool but also including some discussion of Air Management Estimator and the new Air Management Lookup Tables;
- Key data requirements, calculation of two key AM metrics, interpretation of those metrics and tool outputs; and
- Ways in which the tool contribute to a concrete plan of action and budget and engender institutional support for retrofits and energy-efficient procurements.
Steve Greenberg, Senior Energy Management Engineer in the High Tech and Industrial Systems Group, LBNL Read Bio
Magnus Herrlin, Principal Scientific Engineering Associate in the High Tech & Industrial Systems Group, LBNL Read Bio
Ian Hoffman, Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, LBNL Read Bio
Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Trainings
In order to accelerate energy savings, the data center industry and DOE partnered to develop the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program. The DCEP training program certifies energy practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in data centers. DCEPs will:
- Be qualified to identify and evaluate energy efficiency opportunities in data centers;
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the Data Center Profiler (DC Pro) and select Assessment Tools
- Address energy opportunities in electrical systems, air management, HVAC, and IT equipment;
- Meet academic/work experience requirements (pre-qualifications);
- Receive training on conducting data center assessments;
- Be required to pass one or two exams.
See our dedicated DCEP page for training dates!
On Demand Web-Based Courses & Webinars
FEMP On-Demand Data Center Efficiency Series
These on-demand data center energy efficiency courses were developed as part of a larger series, developed to be a comprehensive introduction to identifying and implementing energy efficiency measures in data centers. It is recommended that they are taken sequentially in the order presented below. To register for these courses, first create an account on WBDG here. To register for an individual course, once logged into your WBDG account, click the link associated with the training below, and click "Enroll in the Course" to the right of the individual course page.
- Data Center Energy Efficiency Best Practices - registration
- This eTraining covers why energy efficient data centers are critical, the best energy efficiency opportunities, and energy management improvement processes. Topics include best practices for acquisition, benchmarking, performance metrics, and managing energy and environmental systems in Federal data centers.
- Data Center Energy Efficiency: Air Management - registration
- This eTraining will go in depth on the energy savings opportunities in air management within the data center. This course will go in depth on hot and cold aisles, containment strategies, recirculation and bypass air, airflow restriction and congestion and alternatives to underfloor air management systems.
- Data Center Energy Efficiency: Environmental Conditions - registration
- This eTraining will go in depth on the energy savings opportunities in the environmental considerations of a data center. These opportunities include room temperature considerations, humidity controls, ASHRAE Standards, and liquid cooling guidelines.
- Data Center Energy Efficiency: Cooling Systems - registration
- This eTraining will go in depth on the energy savings opportunities in the cooling systems within a data center. The opportunities include optimizing traditional cooling systems, moving to liquid cooling systems, utilizing free cooling, and correcting humidity controls.
- Data Center Energy Efficiency: Electrical Systems - registration
- This course will present best practices on energy efficiency in data centers. This eTraining will go in depth on the energy savings opportunities within the electrical system of the data center. This course will focus on efficient components and configurations of data centers, power conversions energy loss, and redundancy requirements for increased efficiency.
- Data Center Energy Efficiency: IT Equipment and Software Efficiency - registration
- This eTraining will go in depth on the energy savings opportunities within the IT equipment, such as server energy efficiency opportunities, and consolidation best practices. It will cover the efficiency ratings for different power supplies and the ways software can be managed to keep the optimal load for energy savings.
Other On-Demand Courses
- Toolkit Webinar Series: An Electric Power Chain Tool for Data Centers (Webinar 2)
- On-demand webinar hosted by CoE in September 2020
- View Webinar Recording (Coming Soon) | View Slides
- Toolkit Webinar Series: A Suite of Energy Assessment Tools (Webinar 1)
- Everyone has a Data Center: How to be an Energy Champion for Yours (Business Case Resource)
- Opportunities for ESPCs in Data Centers
- Designing and Managing Data Centers for Resilience: Demand Response and Microgrids
- Tutorial Webinar on DCPro.
- On-demand webinar hosted by CoE in February 2019
- View Webinar Recording | View Slides
- Big Results in Small Places: Exploring the Untapped Energy Efficiency Potential of Small Data Centers.
- FEMP16 Advanced HVAC in High-Tech Buildings: Data Centers - registration
- This course covers the best known methods for reducing the energy-intensity of data centers by utilizing server-virtualization, optimizing the temperature within the data center, selecting energy-efficient cooling options, how to arrange server racks and aisles and many other efficiency opportunities. It emphasizes the need for server administrators to work with, rather than independent of facility operators.