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US firms urged to help improve Chinese data centers

Department of Energy webinar tells US firms how to improve Chinese energy efficiency 

The US government wants data center providers to enter the Chinese market - and the Department of Energy (DoE) plans to help them do so by exporting energy efficient practices.

China’s data data center market is booming, and has a big requirement for energy efficient data centers, but currently their energy efficiency is not very good. The DoE has called in efficiency expert Dale Sartor of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to educate US businesses in the needs of Chinese data centers, and to help promote the export of efficient practices including the shared designs of the Open Compute Project. All this will be described in a webinar due to take place on 19 May. 

China on a keyboard

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Help China run better

Over the past three years, data center space in China has  grown at around 20 percent, according to DCD Intelligence. In 2014, space grew at 19.3 percent over the previous year, and investment was up by 28.2 percent. This means China now containes 5 percent of the world’s data center space and around 6 percent of its investment.

Despite this growth, China’s data centers are not being run very efficiently. They have an average power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 2.2 to 3.0. This is higher than the figure for mature markets such as the USA and Europe - even though new data centers tend to be more efficient.

The DoE thinks that this could be a potentiual goldmine for vendors of energy efficient solutions from more advanced markets.

DOE is also working with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and industry to promote open standards, test procedures, specifications, and evaluation metrics for US and Chinese data centers. The Lawrence Berkley labs will also be working to extend the concepts of the Open Compute Project (OCP) to China.

All this will be detailed in a webinar on 19 May, featuring Sartor, along with speakers from the Power Standards Lab and HP. 

Register here for The Emerging Chinese Market for High Performance Data Centers, 11:00 am -12:30 pm EDT on 19 May. Speakers include Dale Sartor, staff scientist from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Alex McEachern, President of Power Standards Lab, and Mark J. Lepore P.E. from HP

Readers' comments (1)

  • Actually I find that US data centers can learn from Chinese data centers. While the US has been part of the data center game for quite a while and has data centers that are running on old outdated technology, most of Chinese data centers have been built during the past 10-15 years. The growth in the APAC region is also way ahead of the rest of the world. Case in point, China has most HVDC data centers deployed by far and the pace is accelerating. China has scale.

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  • Good comeback Alex. We are certainly interested to report these data centers as we hear of them.

    Peter Judge

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