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William Tschudi: LBNL Aims to Help Agency Data Centers Go ‘Green’

William Tschudi
William Tschudi

William Tschudi, head of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s High Tech and Industrial Systems Group, is leading efforts to help federal agencies keep up with energy usage practices that are utilized in data centers, FCW reported Monday.

John Moore writes that Tschudi’s team is designated as an Energy Department Center of Expertise on energy efficiency at data centers and is working with agencies to use tools, best practices and technologies for green computing.

“A lot of that hasn’t trickled down to the main market. We are trying to get the whole market to move,” Tschudi said.

Moore reports that evaporative, immersion and direct water cooling are some of the methods that data center leaders want to adopt as they seek to reduce energy consumption.

Lawmakers included energy-related data center operations guidelines in the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act and Federal IT Acquisition Reform Acts, the report said.

Tschudi noted that his team is leveraging ASHRAE’s new data center thermal standards of 80.6-to-89.6 degrees Fahrenheit and 60-to-80 percent humidity.

He also indicated that they are not looking to water-based cooling measures for data centers due to potential water shortages and are instead exploring immersion cooling.

“The beauty of it is that it doesn’t need any special environment. So the savings should be pretty great on the infrastructure side,” he said.

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