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Room-Level Energy and Thermal Management in Data Centers
Keywords: data center, cooling, efficiency
An energy assessment software tool suite called “DC Pro” is being developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for evaluating major data center systems. The goal is to help accelerate the energy savings in data centers without affecting the thermal equipment environment. ANCIS Incorporated is developing the Air Management Tool, which addresses the room-level energy and thermal management. Air management is essentially about keeping cold and hot air from mixing. Cold supply air from the air handler should enter the heat-generating equipment without mixing with ambient air and the hot exhaust air should return to the air handler without mixing. Air management is important for cooling infrastructure energy management and equipment thermal management. Based on user input, the Tool provides air management recommendations and the potential for reducing the supply airflow rate and increasing the supply air temperature, both having an impact on energy use. The Tool also estimates the percentage energy reduction for supply fans and chillers. This presentation will provide a live demonstration of the Tool's capabilities.
Magnus Herrlin,
San Francisco, CA

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