Small Embedded Data Center (SEDC) Pilot

We hear from lead researchers, Lester Shen (CEE), Janet Lynch-Eisenhut (WECC) and Jon Vanyo (MnTAP) about study findings, recommendations for utility services, and guidance for energy savings in the field.

About the Project
Small embedded data centers are among the fastest growing users of electrical energy in commercial buildings. Through field studies and stakeholder engagement, this project gathered information to improve the operational efficiency of Minnesota data centers in commercial and industrial settings.

The project team identified significant energy savings potential at all 11 sites. There is notable energy saving opportunities around air flow management, specifically with cooling. Improving air flow can allow for a higher air temperature in the server room and decrease the need for cooling. The project team also identified an energy reduction of about 60% from simply turning off equipment during non-work hours. In the future, transferring IT services to the cloud is another opportunity that could be incentivized for energy savings.

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Small Embedded Data Center Pilot


 
This project supported in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources through the Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) program. And with co-funding by CEE in support of its nonprofit mission to advance research, knowledge dissemination, and program design in the field of energy efficiency.