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Dr. Dan Arvizu


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Slides presented by Dr. Dan Arvizu, Director and Chief Executive of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Dr. Dan Arvizu

  1. 1. What’s the Green Behind Data Centers? Nextgov Prime December 3, 2012 Dr. Dan E. Arvizu Laboratory DirectorNREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.
  2. 2. NREL, An Early Adopter in Sustainability 2
  3. 3. Laboratory SnapshotOnly National Laboratory DedicatedSolely to Energy Efficiency andRenewable Energy• Leading clean-energy innovation for 35 years• 2540 employees with world-class facilities• Campus is a living model of sustainable energy• Owned by the Department of Energy• Operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy
  4. 4. Scope of Mission Energy Renewable Systems Market Efficiency Energy Integration Focus Residential Solar Grid Private Industry Buildings Infrastructure Wind and Federal Commercial Water Distributed Agencies Buildings Energy Biomass Defense Dept. Interconnection Personal Hydrogen State/Local and Battery and Govt. Commercial Geothermal Thermal Vehicles Storage International Transportation
  5. 5. Focus on BuildingsNational Renewable Energy Laboratory Innovation for Our Energy Future
  6. 6. DOE Labs Focused on Green ITLeadership Power Usage Effectiveness <1.3 = World Class 6
  7. 7. The Path to Net Zero Energy—Research Support Facility Green Data Center Presentation Title
  8. 8. Key Design Features• Fully daylit office wings• Continuous insulation precast wall panels with thermal mass• Radiant heating and cooling• Outdoor air preheating • Transpired solar collector • Datacenter waste heat • Crawl space thermal storage• Aggressive plug load control strategies• Data center air-side economizer, hot aisle containment• Roof top and parking structure-based PV
  9. 9. RSF’s Green Data Center• Enterprise data center serves entire Lab.• Highly energy efficiency (1.14 PUE)• Won national award—White House Green Gov FY 2011 9
  10. 10. Energy System Integration Facility (ESIF) LEED Platinum Building 10
  11. 11. NREL ESIF Data Center/HPC Cross Section – Tour views into pump room and mechanical spaces – Reveal the inner workings of the building – Color code pipes, LCD monitors – World class P.U.E. 1.06 – Energy savings of $1M/year
  12. 12. Take a Holistic Approach to Green Cooling • Manage Your Hot Air. • Minimize Fans. • Move to Warm Water Liquid Cooling. • Liquid 1000x more efficientPower than air for cooling. Re-Use• Make efficiency part of • Capture and use the acquisition strategy. waste heat.• Minimize conversions and • Warm water is a associated losses. valuable by product.• High Voltage Distribution. Green Data Center 12
  13. 13. Our Approach….• Establish an organizational commitment to sustainability• Think systems level, campus-wide optimization• Align corporate function to coordinate IT equipment purchasing, how it is managed and operated, and the facility infrastructure that provides the power cooling 13
  14. 14. Visit us online at 14