Research Focus Areas
Data Centers Research
Data centers are increasingly important assets in California's economy. These facilities, which can vary widely in size, consume roughly 2 percent of the state's electricity. This electricity consumption is steadily rising as information technology becomes more pervasive in the economy. Data centers require energy-intensive cooling equipment to protect their information technology hardware by dissipating the heat generated by computation. This cooling equipment, as well as the procedures for data center construction planning and everyday operation, are valuable targets for energy efficiency research.