Data Centre Energy Practitioner Generalist

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Developed by Department of Energy (DOE) in Collaboration with the Industry, the DOE “Save Energy Now” program has partnered with the industry in the development of a process leading to practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in data centers. The key objective of the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program is to accelerate energy savings in the dynamic and energy-intensive marketplace of data centers.

The DCEP is split into two programs:

A fully qualified practitioner who has successfully passed both the Generalist and Specialist programs will:

  • Be qualified to identify and evaluate energy efficiency opportunities in data centers
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of DOE’s DC Pro software tool suite
  • Address energy opportunities in electrical systems, air management, HVAC, IT equipment, and on-site generation
  • Meet academic/work experience requirements (prequalifications)
  • Receive training on conducting data center assessments
  • Be required to pass an exam and be requalified every 3 years

Delegate Profile

The course has been developed for individuals wishing to gain a comprehensive understanding of the US Department of Energy’s Save Energy Now program and will give them the skills needed to perform accurate energy assessments in data centers.

Pre-requisites

  • Delegates are required to meet ONE of the following:
    • A 4-year technical degree with 3 years of verifiable data center design and/or operation experience
  • Or
    • A 2-year technical degree with 6 years of verifiable data centre design and/or operation experience
  • Or
    • 10 years of verifiable data centre design and/or operation experience

Course Overview

Energy efficiency is one of the major factors associated with the effective management of data centers and owners, operators and users are under increasing pressure to reduce the amount of energy they consume.

The key objective of the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) program is to accelerate energy savings and is driven by the fact that significant knowledge, training, and skills are required to perform accurate energy assessments. Becoming a qualified practitioner enables an individual to provide a consistency of approach and have credibility in their recommendations.

What will delegates get out of it?

The Level 1 Practitioners (Generalists) will be expected to have a good understanding of all data center disciplines (IT-equipment, cooling systems, air management, and electrical systems) for providing broad recommendations based on the high-level DC Pro Profiling Tool.

Course Structure:

DCEP Generalist is a 1 ½ day classroom based program.
To achieve the full DCEP Practitioner certification, delegates must next attend the DCEP Specialist course.

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Data Centre Energy Practitioner Generalist at a glance

This one-day course is intended for high-level practitioners and provides a broad overview of the four main data center disciplines: IT equipment, air management, electrical systems and cooling. Participants will also be introduced to the DC Pro suite of software.

Topics Include:
  • An introduction to benchmarking and metrics

  • IT Equipment provisioning, component energy use and best practices

  • Airflow and temperature management – best practices

  • Air and liquid-cooling systems / central chilled water – best practices

  • Electrical systems, right-sizing and redundancy – best practices

  • Commissioning, monitoring and controls
  • DOE DC profiler example – live demo
Prerequisites
  • Experience in ALL or ONE of the following is essential:
    • A 4-year technical degree with 3 years of verifiable data center design and/or operation experience
    • A 2-year technical degree with 6 years of verifiable data centre design and/or operation experience
    • 10 years of verifiable data centre design and/or operation experience