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High Performance Data Centers Best Practices

COURSE NO: M06-037
High Performance Data Centers Best Practices
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents the best practices for a high performance data center utilizing the following systems: air management, air-side economizer, centralized air handling, cooling plant optimization, direct liquid cooling, free cooling with water side economizer, humidification controls alternatives, power supplies, self-generation and uninterruptable power supply systems along with a case study/benchmark findings for each of the above systems.


Data centers can consume 25 to 50 times as much electricity as standard office spaces. With such large power consumption, they are prime targets for energy efficient design measures that can save money and reduce electricity use. But the critical nature of data center loads elevates many design criteria -- chiefly reliability and high power density capacity – far above efficiency. Short design cycles often leave little time to fully assess efficient design opportunities or consider first cost versus life cycle cost issues. This can lead to designs that are simply scaled up versions of standard office space approaches or that re-use strategies and specifications that worked “good enough” in the past without regard for energy performance. The Data Center Design Guidelines have been created to provide viable alternatives to inefficient building practices.


The 6 PDH online course is intended for mechanical, electrical and computer engineers, as well as architects and any other technical personnel interested in gaining a better understanding of energy savings in data centers.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning how to select high performance mechanical and electrical data center equipment and understand their various energy efficient configurations/ applications
  • Understanding how to efficiently layout data center equipment through air management best practices
  • Learning how to benefit from free cooling (air-side and water-side) economizers in data centers
  • Familiarizing with the different cooling plant optimization best practices in data centers
  • Learning how direct liquid cooling is applied to data centers
  • Familiarizing with the humidification control alternatives in data centers
  • Understanding how UPS systems can be efficiently utilized in data centers
  • Reviewing several case studies illustrating the above systems
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review “High Performance Data Centers” a Design Guidelines Sourcebook published January 2006 by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
High Performance Data Centers (2.54 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 6 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire PG&E publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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