Getting More Out of Your Data Center: Tips and Tools for Better Energy Performance  

Education Type: 
1 hour
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

A data center houses computer servers, storage, and networking equipment as well as critical support infrastructure such as cooling and electrical systems. Data center operators are challenged to address key mandates: deliver reliable services, operate efficiently, and ensure resilience and flexibility. The objective of this training is to provide data center energy assessment tips and discuss relevant parts of Berkeley Lab's Data Center Energy Assessment Toolkit. These tools provide an essential resource for your assessments. The comprehensive DOE Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) training program offers more in-depth information on the Toolkit and on energy assessments in general. The curriculum includes key energy-assessment courses for people working with data centers, and it has a large set of training material, including software tools with what-if capabilities to reinforce the learning. The Federal Energy Act of 2020 states that each federal agency shall consider having its data centers evaluated once every 4 years by practitioners certified pursuant to the DCEP program. This training is presented by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) sponsored Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).


Magnus Herrlin, Principal Scientific Engineering Associate in the High Tech & Industrial Systems Group, LBNL  

Magnus Herrlin is the president of ANCIS Inc. and has been the program lead for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) training program since 2009. The objective of this certificate program is to raise the standards of those involved in energy assessments of data centers. ANCIS develops advanced indoor environmental and energy solutions for facilities in general and for mission-critical facilities in particular. Over a 30-year career, Magnus has developed energy modeling tools and modeled building energy in commercial and residential structures. He has published or contributed to many papers, reports, and standards chiefly concerning thermal management, energy management, mechanical system design and operation, and IT equipment reliability for data centers and telecom central offices.

Rick Mears, Program Manager, Data Centers, U.S. Department of Energy - Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)  

Rick Mears, P.E., is program manager support for the Data Center program in U.S. DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). He also serves as the DOE FEMP lead for the Technology Validation and Sustainable Buildings programs. He has over 12 years of experience in the energy and sustainability fields and has provided energy resilience, energy and sustainability management, carbon accounting, and energy policy support across federal agencies. Rick is a Certified Energy Manager and has a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and an engineering degree from Cornell University.

Ian Hoffman, Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory (LBNL)  

Ian Hoffman is a with the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers and other teams in the Building and Industrial Applications department. His work focuses on efficiency and resilience in data centers, individual and societal behavior on energy and efficiency, and utility customer-funded energy efficiency programs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the overall energy assessment process for data centers;
  • Recognize basic opportunities to save energy in data centers;
  • Recognize the DOE data center energy assessment simulation tools;
  • Demonstrate awareness of the DOE DCEP energy assessment training.
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