Introduction to the New IT Equipment Tool: Saving Energy at the IT Equipment Level  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1.5 Hours
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
0.2 CEU

Energy savings at the information technology (IT) equipment level cascade through most energy consuming support systems in data centers hence multiplying the energy savings. The return on investment is often high compared to energy-saving measures taken directly at the support system level. This fact drove the development of the IT Equipment Tool discussed in this webinar. This webinar is presented by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and sponsored by the Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The training provides:

  1. Context of IT equipment energy management in data centers;
  2. Brief overview of the comprehensive FEMP Tool Suite;
  3. Identification of common energy-saving opportunities at the IT equipment level; and
  4. Demonstration of the U.S. Department of Energy IT Equipment Tool, its design, and how and when it could be used.

This Excel tool enables detailed diagnosis of various savings measures, estimates of resulting energy and carbon savings both at the IT and support system levels, and tailored recommendations to achieve the savings. As time allows, the webinar also will include mentions of other Center of Expertise resources and technical assistance opportunities. The training is the fourth 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 — both core FEMP objectives. Putting this tool in the hands of federal data center operators and energy managers enables achievement of those objectives.


Steve Greenberg, Senior Energy Management Engineer in the High Tech and Industrial Systems Group, LBNL  

Steve Greenberg has researched and applied energy-efficient building and industrial systems for a variety of clients on three continents over the past 27 years. He has been involved in design, design review, commissioning, and retrofit of commercial and industrial buildings and performed detailed energy assessments on multiple federal data centers. Steve holds a BS in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in energy and resources--both from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a registered mechanical engineer in California. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council and a Certified Energy Manager.

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.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand the context of IT equipment energy management in data centers and the role of the new IT Equipment Tool in the FEMP Tool Suite;
  • Identify common energy-saving opportunities at the IT equipment level, including virtualization and consolidation, and the hands-on use of the IT Equipment Tool;
  • Apply the FEMP energy assessment process as it relates to IT equipment energy management; and
  • Use the tool to contributes to a concrete plan of action and budget and develop institutional support for retrofits and energy efficiency procurements.
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