LEED: A Lightwave Energy-Efficient Datacenter Phase


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
LEED: A Lightwave Energy-Efficient Datacenter Phase
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of this project is to continue development the optical rotor switch technology for energy efficient datacenters. This technology has the potential to double the energy efficiency of data centers through significant increased data processing efficiency and from reduced data center cooling requirements by switching from an electrical resistor system to a light transmitting system.

Contact Information

Kevin Mori
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


La Jolla
San Diego
Cross Streets
9500 Gilman Dr.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15306
Reasons for Exemption
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, sect. 15306 provides that projects which consist of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities, and which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource are categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. The second phase of this project will be conducted in a laboratory setting where modification of existing servers at a datacenter with the lightwave technology will occur. The recipient will collect data on the performance. This project will have no significant impact on the environment and falls within section 15306.


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