Low Energy Air Filtration

Project LEAF provides an energy efficient innovative way to reduce indoor air particulate pollution in data centers and commercial buildings. We do our research and testing in a scientific computing facility with free cooling, and we are working to adapt our existing building management automation to lower our air particle count. We want to share our idea and technology to make these innovations a standard in buildings with similar infrastructure!
BUILDING AUTOMATION

With environmental sensors and data collection, we can train the building management system to clean the air when pollutant count is high.

DATA ANALYSIS

We have gathered months of environmental data to research how our data center’s cooling systems influence air particulate count.

next steps

As we perfect our process at home, we hope to partner with other data centers and commercial buildings that utilize similar free cooling technology, and help them implement improved air filtration with their existing cooling technology.

where we work

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is the primary scientific computation facility for the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy. NERSC provides a state of the art computation system, storage and high-speed networking for scientists and researchers globally. NERSC is located in Shyh Wang Hall on LBNL’s main campus above the hills of the University of California, Berkeley. The city of Berkeley, as part of the San Francisco Bay Area, is known for cool, dry weather. Berkeley’s mild climate was incorporated into the design of the facility and allows for year-round cooling without industrial chillers. This concept is known as free cooling.

  • Big data
  • environmental research
  • high performance computing
  • scientific discovery

Wang Hall

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Free Cooling

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Our Team

We are a team of interns and engineers who work in Operations Technology Group focused on creating tools and automation to support the systems at NERSC. We leverage our team’s diverse skillset towards saving energy and lowering data center air particulate pollution.
Amanda D
Amanda D
Data Analyst
Daniel G
Daniel G
Team Leader
Makeda G
Makeda G
Innovation Analyst
Chris H
Chris H
Business Analyst
Nikita H
Nikita H
Operations Analyst
Lindsey M
Lindsey M
PM & Web Designer