High Tech and Industrial Systems

High Tech and Industrial Systems

Some of the largest energy users in today’s economy are high tech buildings and industrial systems. They operate up to 24 hours per day with energy intensities much greater than typical commercial or residential buildings, and are essential to the national economy.

High-tech buildings, such as laboratories, cleanrooms, data centers and hospitals, are characterized by large baseloads, continuous operation and high energy-use intensities. These buildings crosscut many industries and institutions. Activities and products include: benchmarking surveys and metrics, case study reports, technology development, technology demonstrations, assessment and profiling tools, best practice guides, workshops, training guides, and development of other strategies.

Industrial energy uses in traditional manufacturing and processing facilities are highly variable from sector to sector, as well as within sectors. Berkeley Lab research seeks to identify characteristics and operating practices related to industrial systems, processes, controls architecture, management structures, business practices and technologies that can contribute positively to the ability of industrial facilities to manage their energy use for continual improvement and to respond to dynamic grid conditions.

High tech buildings and industrial systems represent an attractive and often untapped opportunity for energy savings. The High Tech and Industrial Systems group works to improve the energy efficiency of both through research, development, demonstrations and deployment.

Publications by Organization



Xu, Tengfang T.. "Investigating the Performance of a Minienvironment System." In ESTECH 2005 Conference. Schaumberg, IL, 2005. PDF (199.37 KB)


Xu, Tengfang T.. "Considerations for Efficient Airflow Design in Cleanrooms." Journal of the IEST 1 (2004): 24-28. PDF (218.17 KB)
Xu, Tengfang T.. "Introducing a Standard Testing Method for Fan-Filter Units." Advancing Application in Contamination Control 7 (2004): 23-25. PDF (125.85 KB)
Xu, Tengfang T., and Ming-Shan Jeng. "Laboratory Evaluation of Fan-Filter Units Aerodynamic and Energy Performance." Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society 47, no. 1 (2004): 5. PDF (312.44 KB)
Jeng, Ming-Shan, Tengfang T. Xu, and Chao-Ho Lan. "Towards Green Systems for Cleanrooms: Energy-Efficient Fan Filter Units." In SEMI Technology Symposium: Innovations in Semiconductor Manufacturing, 73-77. San Francisco, CA, 2004. PDF (350.73 KB)


Xu, Tengfang T.. "Efficient Airflow Design for Cleanrooms Improves Business Bottom Lines." In ESTECH 2003, 108-116. Phoenix, AZ, 2003. PDF (75.72 KB)
Xu, Tengfang T.. "Performance Evaluation of Cleanroom Environmental Systems." Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society 46 (2003): 66-73. PDF (55.19 KB)


Xu, Tengfang T.. "Airflow Design for Cleanrooms and Its Economic Implications." In 5th China International Academic Forum and Products Exposition on Contamination Control Technology, Construction Sub-Council of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and Chinese Contamination Control Society. Beijing, China, 2002. PDF (249.69 KB)