Data Center Energy Efficiency Best Practices Seminar
February 25, 2015

PLEASE NOTE: You must be register for the Main TCC event on in order to attend this seminar. Register Here

The TCC is hosting the Department of Energy (DOE) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories Data Center Energy Efficiency Seminar the day before the TCC on February 25th from 1-5 p.m. that will focus on Data Center best practices and steps to improve energy efficiency. Seminar is in the Mission City Ballroom at the Santa Clara Convention Center. This seminar is held the day before the main TCC event

Who should attend?

Data center owners, operators, designers, builders, and suppliers interested in reducing energy consumption.  This seminar will provide a foundation to understand specific presentation during the TCC and how they would fit into an overall best practices energy efficiency strategy.

Why is DOE Putting This On?

DOE has initiated the Better Buildings Program to reduce America’s building energy 20%, see:  Included is a Challenge to reduce the infrastructure energy consumption of data centers (PUE – 1) 20%; see:  This Seminar is an opportunity for Challenge partners to learn about techniques to achieve the goal, and network with likeminded peers.  Attendees are not required to be DOE Better Buildings Data Center Challenge Partners.

1:00 - 1:20 pm


Workshop & instructors, context, trends, opportunities, benchmarking
(20 min. lecture)
Speaker: Dale Sartor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

1:30 - 1:50 pm

IT Equipment & Software

Multiplier effect, Moore’s law, trends, powered but unused equipment, power vs. utilization, virtualization, the cloud, storage option
(30 min. lecture)
Speaker: Dale Sartor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

1:50 - 2:00 pm


2:00 - 2:40 pm

Environmental Conditions

Drivers, ASHRAE Thermal Guidelines (air and liquid)
(15 min. lecture)
Speaker: Magnus Herrlin, Ph.D., President, ANCIS Incorporated; U.S. DOE Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program Lead

Air Management

Hot & cold aisles, bypass & recirculation, techniques to improve, containment, fan and plant savings
(25 min. lecture)
Speaker: Brian Donathon, Principal at TELADATA

2:40 - 3:10 pm


3:10 - 3:50 pm


Overview, CRACs & CRAHs, chiller plant, Liquid cooling (from CRAHs to direct touch), chill-off results, warm water cooling, compressorless cooling (economization), heat reuse, humidity control.
(40 min. lecture)
Speaker: Dale Sartor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

3:50 - 4:00 pm


4:00 - 4:20 pm

Electrical Systems

Power chain conversions & losses, power supplies, UPS, other power savings opportunities.
(20 min. panel discussion)
Speaker: Mukesh Khattar, Technical Executive, Data Centers at EPRI

4:20 - 4:30 pm


4:30 - 5:20 pm

DCIM & Integrated Controls

System & component monitoring, metrics, benchmarking, dashboards, integrated controls.
(30 min. panel discussion)
Moderator: Bruce Myatt, Founder of CFRT
Panelist: Dale Sartor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Panelist: Jamie Saguindel, Sr. Manager, IT - Data Center at VMware

Resources & Summary

Resources available, Center of Expertise, Assessment tools, Energy Star, Better Buildings Challenge, summary or best practice opportunities.
(20 min. lecture)
Speaker: Dale Sartor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

5:20 pm


5:30 pm

Attend TCC Welcome Reception - Happy Hour and Heavy hors d'oeuvres with Peers

DOE has established the Data Center Efficiency Center of Expertise at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to disseminate information and provide tools to assist owner/operators in achieving energy efficiency goals; see: . The center will partner with leading industry conferences to raise awareness of the program and of energy efficiency opportunities in data centers.