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!
With environmental sensors and data collection, we can train the building management system to clean the air when pollutant count is high.
We have gathered months of environmental data to research how our data center’s cooling systems influence air particulate count.
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
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.
high performance computing