Premium Membership ♕

Save 50% on all EEP Academy courses with Enterprise Membership Plan and study specialized LV/MV/HV technical articles & guides.

Data Center Consumption

Data centers can consume 100 to 200 times as much electricity as standard office spaces. With such large power consumption, they are prime targets for energy efficient design measures that can save money and reduce electricity use.

Data Center Best Practices Guide (Energy Efficiency Solutions)
Data Center Best Practices Guide (Energy Efficiency Solutions) – photo credit:

However, the critical nature of data center loads elevates many design criteria – chiefly reliability and high power density capacity – far above efficiency.

Short design cycles often leave little time to fully assess efficient design opportunities or consider first cost versus life cycle cost issues. This can lead to designs that are simply scaled up versions of standard of ce space approaches or that re-use strategies and specifications that worked “good enough” in the past without regard for energy performance.

This Data Center Best Practices Guide has been created to provide viable alternatives to inefficient data center design and operating practices and address energy efficiency retrofit opportunities.

Based upon benchmark measurements of operating data centers and input from practicing designers and operators, the design guidelines are intended to provide a set of efficient baseline design approaches for data center systems.

An exapmle of good airflow solution in data center
An exapmle of good airflow solution in data center

In many cases, the design guidelines can also be used to identify cost-effective saving opportunities in operating facilities. No design guide can offer ‘the one correct way’ to design a data center, but the design guidelines offer efficient design suggestions that provide efficiency benefits in a wide variety of data center design situations.

In some areas, promising technologies are also identified for possible future design consideration.

Title:Data Center Best Practices Guide – Energy efficiency solutions for high-performance data centers by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation
Size:2.40 MB
Download:Right here | Video Courses | Membership | Download Updates
Data Center Best Practices Guide - Energy efficiency solutions for high-performance data centers
Data Center Best Practices Guide – Energy efficiency solutions for high-performance data centers

Premium Membership

Get access to premium HV/MV/LV technical articles, advanced electrical engineering guides, papers, and much more! It will help you to shape up your technical skills in your everyday life as an electrical engineer.
50% Discount 💥 - Save 50% on all 90+ video courses with Enterprise Membership plan.

More Information


  1. Andres Astúa
    Nov 18, 2019

    A good airflow solution for a data centre is very specific. Even we cant think only in a plenum cooling system. In many cases the better cooling solution cost/effective is with “In Row” cooling units.

  2. Ahmad Harraz
    Mar 18, 2017

    Link is not working

    • Edvard
      Mar 18, 2017

      It’s working, I just checked.

Leave a Comment

Tell us what you're thinking. We care about your opinion! Please keep in mind that comments are moderated and rel="nofollow" is in use. So, please do not use a spammy keyword or a domain as your name, or it will be deleted. Let's have a professional and meaningful conversation instead. Thanks for dropping by!

  ⁄  one  =  four

Learn How to Design Power Systems

Learn to design LV/MV/HV power systems through professional video courses. Lifetime access. Enjoy learning!

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter

Subscribe to our Weekly Digest newsletter and receive free updates on new technical articles, video courses and guides (PDF).
EEP Academy Courses - A hand crafted cutting-edge electrical engineering knowledge