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Otto Van Geet

Principal Engineer - Labs & Data Centers


Otto Van Geet is a Principal Engineer in the Integrated Applications Center at NREL. Otto has been involved in the design, construction, and operation of energy efficient research facilities such as laboratories and data centers, office and general use facilities, and low energy use campus and community design. Mr. Van Geet was one of the founding members of the Labs21 program and provides technical guidance for the program. His experience also includes renewables screening and assessment, passive solar building design, use of design tools, photovoltaic (PV) system design for on and off grid applications, energy audits, and minimizing energy use. Mr. Van Geet authored many technical reports and conference papers and has been recognized with many awards from professional associations including the 2007 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management and the 2011 GreenGov Green Innovation Presidential Award for the NREL Research Support Facility data center.

He lives with his family in an off-grid passive solar house with a 2 kW PV/hybrid power system and solar water heating that he designed and built 20 years ago.


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico

A.A.S., State University of New York at Canton

Registered Professional Engineer (PE)

Certified Energy Manager

LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)

Project Management Professional

Featured Work

A Method for Estimating Potential Energy and Cost Savings for Cooling Existing Data Centers, NREL Fact Sheet (2017)

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