WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that $2,843,985 in recovery funds will be allocated to a research team, which includes the Edison Materials Technology Center (EMTEC), to develop new energy efficient technologies based upon liquid cooling. The federal funds were made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and are allocated through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficient Information and Communications Technology grant program.
“These funds will support Edison Materials Technology Center leadership  in cutting-edge energy efficiency research,” Brown said. “Advancing methods to cut costs and reduce carbon emissions is key to Ohio’s successful economic future.”

Information technology and telecommunications facilities account for approximately 120 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually – or 3 percent of all U.S. electricity use. It is estimated that two new power plants will be required each year to keep pace with demand in this rapidly expanding industry. Improving energy efficiency could cut costs and greenhouse emissions and sustain the availability of reliable electricity service.
EMTEC will invest the federal funds to improve energy usage for IT and telecommunications equipment cooling. The project will design a new architecture for data center cooling that will be low cost and have a small carbon footprint.  Existing components, technologies, and work practices will be used wherever possible. EMTEC’s team includes Emerson/Cooligy, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Clustered Systems.

“This project has the potential for up to a 36 percent reduction in data center cooling energy usage allowing for significant data system energy efficiency improvements.” Frank Svet, EMTEC President/CEO said. “EMTEC expects to utilize staff experience in aiding the design of high powered electronic products to achieve a breakthrough in data center and telecom power supply cooling.”

Brown is a leading advocate in Congress to promote Ohio’s clean energy economy. Since 2007, Brown has held more than 140 roundtables across the state, meeting with workers and business leaders about how to position Ohio as a leader in the clean energy production and development. Earlier this year, Brown introduced The Restoring America’s Manufacturing Leadership through Energy Efficiency Act of 2009. Brown’s bill would create a financing mechanism for businesses that want to adopt new energy efficient technologies to cut costs, save and create jobs, and improve competitiveness.