Director: Dr. Amy Fleischer, Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the NovaTherm Laboratory
Most electrical power delivered to a data center is dissipated as heat. Few data centers attempt to recover and reuse waste energy despite huge opportunities for energy savings and sustainability; its relatively low temperatures make it difficult.
The goal of this project is to comprehensively analyze and optimize two key methods of waste heat recovery, and produce validated computer models for use in analyzing the potential benefits, choosing the best system, and calculating and optimizing the return on investment. Ongoing research will ensure that the identified and optimized heat recovery systems can be implemented with confidence such that they will deliver the expected economic and environmental benefits.
Assess all technologies available for recovery and re-use of data center dissipated energy
Villanova ES2 Team Areas of Expertise
Convective heat transfer
Sustainable energy technology
Computational fluid dynamics