The Energy Technologies Area (ETA) conducts research on high technology buildings and industrial systems works to reduce energy consumed by the industrial sector in manufacturing facilities. These include high-technology industries such as data centers, laboratories, and pharmaceutical manufacturing.
Due to the unique needs of IT and ventilation equipment, data centers, laboratories, and cleanrooms can consume many times the energy used in other commercial buildings. For data centers, we work to quantify this consumption and reduce it through research on, for example, energy-efficient IT configurations and cooling systems. For laboratories, hospitals, and cleanrooms, our research focuses on energy-efficient ventilation strategies that reduce energy use while maintaining the extremely high ventilation standards those facilities require. Activities include benchmarking, improved fume hood operation, identification and dissemination of best practices, demand-controlled filtration, the use of mini-environments, and others. ETA provides tools and calculators to support best practices, and facilitates training to help ensure their sound application.