Who We Are
The Department of Energy/Berkeley Lab Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers (CoE) works across the data-center industry to reduce energy use and costs. Through technical support, tools, analyses and the introduction of technologies, CoE assists federal agencies and other organizations in implementing data center energy-efficiency projects. The CoE partners with key public and private stakeholders to further efficiency efforts.
The Center of Expertise is located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), long recognized as a leading source for technical expertise on energy efficiency in data centers. Center staff collaborate with international and domestic organizations to benefiting the public and private sectors by encouraging the use of energy efficient technologies and best practices to serve as a "new normal" for data center managers.
Why Data Centers?
Data centers are energy-intensive facilities. The potential benefits of data center energy efficiency include 20-40% typical savings and an extension of the life and capacity of cooling and other supporting infrastructure.
- 10 to 100 times more energy-intensive than an office of the same size
- 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