U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Federal Energy Management Program

New and Underutilized Technology: Data Center Cooling System Air Distribution Optimization

The following information outlines key deployment considerations for data center cooling system air distribution optimization within the Federal sector.

Benefits

Data center cooling system air distribution optimization implements appropriate air distribution controls to prevent the mixing and recirculation of data center air before it reaches the servers. This is done by confining the chilled air distribution to data center cold aisles.

Application

Data center cooling system air distribution optimization is appropriate for larger data centers with raised floors and multiple rack aisles.

Key Factors for Deployment

When considering data center cooling system air distribution optimization, Federal agencies may also want to consider other rack mounted computer cooling methods, such as liquid cooled racks.

Ranking Criteria

Federal energy savings, cost-effectiveness, and probability of success are ranked 0-5 with 0 representing the lowest ranking and 5 representing the highest ranking. The weighted score is ranked 0-100 with 0 representing the lowest ranking and 100 representing the highest ranking.

Federal Energy Savings Cost Effectiveness Probability of Success Weighted Score
0.1 5.0 5.0 51