Goal and Approach

Create electronic systems that are self-sensing, self-regulating and optimized for energy efficiency at any desired performance level, thereby improving the energy efficiency and productivity of the country’s data centers by 20-35%. This translates to one to two fewer power plants every three years while still meeting data center growth demand. This achievement is equivalent to the complete elimination of the greenhouse gas emission from approximately 1.5-2.7 million cars or roughly 1-1.7 million homes in the U.S. annually (U.S. EPA, 2011).

Specific opportunities for improving energy efficiencies in data centers include:

FRONT END–POWER

Eliminating wasteful AC/DC conversion steps
Off-grid Renewables
Combined Heat and Power

OPERATIONS EFFICIENCY

Elimination of irreversibilities in Legacy Air-Cooled designs
Synergistic approach for simultaneously controlling IT load allocation and thermal management in real time

WASTE ENERGY RECOVERY

Reusing energy that is normally wasted


The Approach

To fund this research, ES2 leverages grants from the National Science Foundation with membership money from industry. Collaborative efforts between Villanova University, its three university partners, and at least 20 industrial members, bring together computer scientists and mechanical and electrical engineers, and link the fields of information technology, dynamic systems control, electronic systems and thermal management in a holistic approach to the development and design of energy-efficient electronic systems.

Five Year Roadmap

Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems

ES2 at a Glance
Faculty Researchers:  5
Post-Doctoral Researchers:  2
PhD students: 3
MS students: 2
Undergraduates: 3
Total active grant funding: $223,000
Number of current research projects: 3

Contact

Director: Dr. Amy Fleischer, Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the NovaTherm Laboratory

Dr. Amy Fleisher, ES2 Director
Email: amy.fleischer@villanova.edu 
Phone: (610) 519-4996

Associate Director
Dr. Aaron Wemhoff, ES2 Associate Director
Email: aaron.wemhoff@villanova.edu 
Phone: (610) 519-8045



Contact Us
Dr. Alfonso Ortega, ES2 Director
Phone: (610) 519-7440
Email: Alfonso.Ortega@Villanova.edu

National ES2 Site

Learn more about the NSF I/UCRC program

ES2 Information Packet [link to download]

Contact Us
Dr. Alfonso Ortega, ES2 Director
Phone: (610) 519-7440
Email: Alfonso.Ortega@Villanova.edu

National ES2 Site

Learn more about the NSF I/UCRC program

ES2 Information Packet [link to download]

September 6, 2017: We are seeking a new PhD student starting January 2018