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

Advanced Manufacturing Office – Industrial Distributed Energy

Seven Energy-Saving Solutions Revealed at Lucasfilm Data Center

November 5, 2008

Remove redundant uninterruptable power supply systems, turn servers off during downtime, stage chillers to maintain high load factor, and improve air flow. These were some of the energy savings opportunities identified during a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) assessment of the Lucasfilm Ltd. data center in San Francisco, California. The energy assessment was conducted through Save Energy Now, a national initiative of DOE’s Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) to drive a 25% reduction in industrial energy intensity in 10 years.

Lucasfilm operates a 13,500-square-foot data center that houses one of the largest computer networks in the entertainment industry. Populated with high-end servers, the Lucasfilm data center is critical to delivering large volumes of data and high-resolution images to the desktops of visual effects artists, game developers, and motion picture directors.

While the company had already incorporated many best practices prior to the assessment, Lucasfilm looked to DOE to identify new ways to save energy and improve efficiency by focusing on the most energy-intensive features of the data center.  The assessment team discovered seven ways the company could save energy based on estimated implementation costs and payback periods. Read the full assessment summary to learn more (PDF 304 KB) Download Adobe Reader.

The energy savings recommendations revealed in the Lucasfilm assessment summary provide examples of how other data centers industry-wide can reduce their energy consumption. Learn more about DOE’s efforts to improve data center energy efficiency.