Data Center Toolkit Webinar Series: Electric Power Supply  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1.5 Hours
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
0.2 CEU

This webinar will provide an overview of electric power supply components in data centers; identification of typical energy savings opportunities among those components; and an introduction and demonstration of Berkeley Lab's revamped and updated Electric Power Chain Tool, which allows detailed characterization of the power chain for a data center and recommended/tailored actions to achieve energy savings.

This webinar is the second 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. Putting these tools in the hands of federal data center operators and energy managers enables achievement of those objectives.

The most sought-after resources at FEMP's Center for Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers are a set of tools and documents aimed at characterizing energy use and identifying energy conservation measures in data centers. These tools include data center-wide energy efficiency diagnostics, analytics for electric power components and air management, a Master List of Energy Efficiency Actions for Data Centers, an encyclopedia of efficiency measures, and implementation tips. Together with guidance documents, a data collection tool and a reporting template, these resources constitute a publicly available, comprehensive toolkit for conducting a data center energy self assessment.

Nearly every component of the Data Center Energy Efficiency Toolkit has been updated or upgraded within the last year with particular attention to integrating, standardizing, and consolidating the components and adding a new information technology (IT) efficiency tool.


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.

Kim Traber, Founder and President, Traber Engineers  

Kim Traber is the founder and president of Traber Engineers, a Berkeley, California-based consultancy specializing in energy analysis of mission-critical facilities. Previously, Kim served 15 years with Integral Group, an engineering consultancy based in Oakland, California.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will understand:

  • The electric power chain, its components, and its most common opportunities for saving energy;
  • The DOE energy assessment process as it relates to the electric power chain;
  • The Electric Power Chain Tool, including its queries to the user, where responsive data may be found, what types of component data are "under the hood" of the tool; and tool outputs; and
  • The ways in which the tool contribute to a concrete plan of action and budget and engender institutional support for retrofits and energy-efficient procurements.
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