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The Hidden Challenges of Data Center Cooling

Join us for session 1 in this 4-part series! With the rapid growth of AI, cloud storage, the internet of things (IoT), blockchain and digital currency; data centers have had to expand in order to compensate for additional data requirements. As the number of data centers (and the size of each) increases, the need for cooling units also increases. Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are used in almost all cooling applications, which create electrical distortions (harmonics) that negatively affect external and internal componentry. This session will dive into various solutions that mitigate these harmful conditions.

Originally presented: April 4, 2024
Duration: 0.33 hour
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Demand for data centers has had an unprecedented surge, growing 20% annually. This surge is caused by tech such as AI, blockchain, digital currency, cloud storage, and the connectivity of the Internet of Things (IoT).

However, with this growth comes a substantial energy demand, with data centers consuming over 40 MW of power, the same energy consumption of approximately 32,000 households. Also, about 40% of this energy is allocated for cooling of facilities.

To mitigate these energy costs and enhance efficiency, data centers use Variable frequency drives (VFDs). With higher VFD usage, power quality becomes even more critical. MTE power quality solutions help users achieve maximum efficiencies,?meet IEEE-519, and improve uptime.

Key Takeaways

  • Explore factors driving data center growth.
  • Learn the importance of data center cooling.
  • Develop understanding of electrical standards such as ASHRAE, IEEE-519, and 2023 DOE.
  • Discover which solutions can help address data center cooling challenges.


Gregg Eberhardt, Product Line Manager, MTE Corporation

For over three years, Gregg Eberhardt has been a Product Line Manager at MTE Corporation. He oversees line side power quality products such as reactors and harmonic filters. Gregg is an expert across industries, providing insights into macroeconomic factors, key customer drivers, and competitive landscapes. He also develops marketing plans and materials to address customer needs. Gregg earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering as well as an MBA from Marquette University.