Create electronic systems that are self-sensing, self-regulating and optimized for energy efficiency at any desired performance level, thereby improving the energy efficiency and productivity of the country’s data centers by 20-35%. This translates to one to two fewer power plants every three years while still meeting data center growth demand. This achievement is equivalent to the complete elimination of the greenhouse gas emission from approximately 1.5-2.7 million cars or roughly 1-1.7 million homes in the U.S. annually (U.S. EPA, 2011).
Specific opportunities for improving energy efficiencies in data centers include:
Eliminating wasteful AC/DC conversion steps
Combined Heat and Power
Elimination of irreversibilities in Legacy Air-Cooled designs
Synergistic approach for simultaneously controlling IT load allocation and thermal management in real time
WASTE ENERGY RECOVERY
Reusing energy that is normally wasted
To fund this research, ES2 leverages grants from the National Science Foundation with membership money from industry. Collaborative efforts between Villanova University, its three university partners, and at least 20 industrial members, bring together computer scientists and mechanical and electrical engineers, and link the fields of information technology, dynamic systems control, electronic systems and thermal management in a holistic approach to the development and design of energy-efficient electronic systems.
Five Year Roadmap