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[Micronet] Energy efficiency upgrades at UC Berkeley data center

Ist-Comm Departmental

As part of the effort to realize UC Berkeley's commitment to energy  
efficiency and carbon-footprint reduction, Capital Projects is  
upgrading the campus data center's heating, ventilating, and air  
conditioning (HVAC) system. Specialized equipment to absorb heat  
emitted from high density compute clusters will be installed, thereby  
reducing the amount of energy needed to maintain optimum temperatures  
in the data center. Once in place, the new HVAC configuration will  
reduce energy consumption by an estimated 20 percent annually and pave  
the way to future increases in data center capacity. In addition,  
carrying out this project will improve the organization and  
distribution of existing data center equipment, resulting in a more  
stable and flexible operation.

The project is part of the Strategic Energy Plan (SEP) program, and  
the efficiency measures are being implemented through the UC/CSU/IOU  
Energy Efficiency Partnership. The upgrades are paid for through  
savings on reduced energy consumption and incentives from PG&E.

Next steps

Data center staff will notify customers whose equipment will be moved  
as part of this project. Every effort will be made to minimize  
downtime of critical systems when relocating equipment.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the project, please  
contact Project Manager Debbie Meads, [hidden email].

Thank you,
Steve Aguirre
Campus Data Center Manager

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