Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training Program in Hong Kong

Data centers consume large amount of electricity but it still has opportunities to reduce energy use. However, significant knowledge, training, and skills are required to perform accurate data center energy assessments which are different from general energy audit for commercial and residential buildings.

In order to accelerate energy savings, the data center industry and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) partnered to develop the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program. The DCEP training program certifies energy practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in data centers.

With the approval and cooperation granted by the DCEP Program Administrator (PA) - ANCIS Incorporated, we are pleased to announced the 3-day DCEP Program (Generalist Level, 1-day; and Specialist Level, 2-day) is going to launch in Hong Kong during late-2017.

The DCEP course curriculum was updated in 2016 and formed collaboration with the industry to reinforce proven best practices and to introduce new tools and techniques in key areas such as IT equipment, air management, cooling systems, and electrical systems :-

Level 1 Practitioners ("Generalist", 1-day Training) will be expected to have a good understanding of 3 data center disciplines (HVAC - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Electrical and IT-equipment) for providing broad recommendations based on the high-level DC Pro (Data Center Profiler) Tools.
Level 2 Practitioners ("HVAC-Specialist", 2-day Training) address HVAC energy opportunities using the in-depth Air Management Assessment Tool.

Successful candidates who complete the 3-day program and passe the exams will gain Data Center Practitioner (DCEP) status by listing their names and contact information on the website (datacenters.lbl.gov/dcep) as well as issuing certificates. (The acronym "DCEP" is for individual use only, it may not be used for organizations, companies, or firms.)

Level 1 Practitioners ("Generalist") - 1 Day

Generalist Training Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Overview
  • Resources
Data Center Profiler (DC Pro) Overview
  • Introduction to Benchmarking and PUE
  • Overview of DC Pro
  • Introduction to PUE Estimator
IT Equipment
  • IT Equipment Energy Use
  • Provisioning and Minimizing Waste
  • Best Practices
Air Management
  • Environmental Specifications and Metrics
  • Airflow and Temperature Management
  • Best Practices
Cooling Systems
  • Air- and Liquid-Cooled Systems
  • Chilled-Water Plant
  • Best Practices
Electrical Systems
  • Causes of Energy Inefficiencies
  • Electrical Power Chain
  • Best Practices
Assessment Process Manual
  • Objectives of DCEP Assessments
  • DCEP Assessment Process Manual
  • DCEP Assessment Process
Data Center Profiler (DC Pro) Case Study
  • Input Steps
  • Results
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms
End of Generalist Training / Exam (2-hour, open-book exam)

Level 2 Practitioners ("HVAC-Specialist") - 2 Days

HVAC Specialist Training Introduction
  • Overview
  • Resources
  • Performance Metrics
Air Handlers and Air Conditioners
  • HVAC Systems Overview
  • Airside Economizers
  • Indirect Evaporative Coolers
  • Energy Efficiency Opportunities
  • Best Practices
Liquid Cooling
  • Why Liquid Cooling?
  • When to Consider Liquid Cooling
  • Cooling Configurations
  • Best Practices
Chilled Water Plants
  • Metrics to Identify Energy Efficiency Opportunities
  • Optimizing Energy Usage
  • Design Considerations for Data Centers
  • Best Practices
Cooling System Controls
  • Temperature, Humidity, and Airflow Control
  • Cooling Plant Control
  • Feedback and Diagnostics
  • IT Equipment Integration
  • Best Practices
Assessment Process
  • Role and Purpose of DCEPs
  • Objectives of DCEP Assessment
  • DCEP Assessment Process
Modeling Data Center HVAC Systems
  • Levels of Modeling Detail
  • Modeling Energy Usage
  • Annual Energy Usage vs. Annual Energy Cost
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms
Environmental Requirements
  • Temperature and Humidity Specifications
  • Recommended and Allowable Ranges (ASHRAE / NEBS)
  • Compliance Metric RCI
  • Best Practices
Airflow and Temperature Management
  • Air Management Goals and Results
  • Energy vs. Thermal Performance
  • Air Management Measures
  • High-Level Air Management Metrics
  • Data Gathering and Management
  • Best Practices
DOE Air Management Tool
  • DOE Tool Suite
  • DOE Air Management Tool
  • Application Example
  • Input Steps and Results
End of HVAC Specialist Training / Exam (3-hour, open-book exam)

Exam and Certification

The Level 1 and Level 2 exams are open-book with multiple-choice questions. The result is either Pass or Fail. The passing score is 75%. There is a waiting period of 30 days to retake the exam(s).

If a candidate received a pass score on the Level 2 exam but failed on the Level 1 exam, he/she will not receive a certificate for either Level until he/she has a pass score on the Level 1 exam.

Prerequisites to Gain the DCEP Designation

  • 4 year technical degree with 3 years verifiable DC design/operation experience; or
  • 2 year technical degree with 6 years verifiable DC design/operation experience; or
  • 10 years verifiable DC design/operation experience; and
  • Completion of the 3-day program; and
  • Pass the exams of Level 1 and Level 2

For details of the DCEP program, please visit www.stmedia-asia.com.

About us

Strategic Media Asia (SMA) is one of the approved CPD course providers of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) UK. The team exists to provide an interactive environment and opportunities for members of ICT industry and facilities' engineers to exchange professional views and experience.

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