TechConnect Innovation Program

World's Most Efficient Data Center

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

NREL's new High Performance Computing (HPC) Data Center is the world’s most energy-efficient data center, with an annualized average Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of <1.06. HPC integrates a chiller-less design, direct warm-water liquid-cooling, and other innovations that save energy and water, reduce CO2 emissions, and capture/re-use waste heat.

Primary Application Area: Energy Management & Distribution

Technology Development Status: Ready to Market

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 8

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: NREL's HPC packs computational capability into a small space by eliminating expensive and inefficient chillers, and enabling hot water “waste heat” from the computer to be re-used. Innovative design uses liquid cooling while eliminating water flow into the servers, thus dramatically increasing efficiency without water damage risk.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 612

Website: www.nrel.gov

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: Funding received from Department of Energy

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Development / License Partners