Data Center Toolkit Webinar Series: Air Management  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1.5 Hours
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
0.2 CEU

This webinar will provide an overview of cooling air management (AM) in data centers; identification of typical energy-saving opportunities in air management; and selective demonstration of Berkeley Lab's air management tools, including introduction of the new AM Lookup Tables (aimed chiefly at smaller data centers). To varying degrees, these tools enable detailed diagnosis of cooling air flow and environmental control issues for a data center and, with two of the three tools, recommended or tailored actions to achieve energy savings, as well as estimates of those energy savings.

Extensive data collection may be needed to diagnose air management issues and take an energy assessor under floors and into the ceiling, but the solutions often rank among the lowest cost, lowest-hanging fruit in the realm of data center efficiency. The air management tools are thus among the most sought-after resources in FEMP's Center for Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers. As time allows, the webinar will also include mentions of other Center of Expertise resources and technical assistance opportunities.

The training is the third 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.


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.

Ian Hoffman, Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, 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 understand:

  • Typical air flow and temperature aspects of data center operations, typical challenges in air management and the most common opportunities for using better air and temperature management to save energy in the cooling apparatus of a data center;
  • The U.S. Department of Energy assessment process as it relates to air management;
  • Berkeley Lab's air management tool suite--leading with the Air Management Tool but also including some discussion of Air Management Estimator and the new Air Management Lookup Tables;
  • Key data requirements, calculation of two key AM metrics, interpretation of those metrics and tool outputs; and
  • 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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