Sunday, November 7, 2010

Empower records 37 percent increase in district cooling plants in 2010

Empower records 37 percent increase in district cooling plants in 2010

Bin Shafar stresses the importance of investing in district cooling sector to reduce energy consumption in the UAE

Dubai, UAE, 7th November 2010: Empower has revealed that the number of its cooling plants has risen to 37, compared to 27 in 2009, an increase of 37 per cent.
Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said: "The increase in number of plants was a response to the expanding operation plans of Empower and to cope up with the huge demand on the use of district cooling as an alternative solution to the conventional air conditioning systems.”

"The increase in the consumption of district cooling shows that Dubai is becoming more aware of the importance of using district cooling system and its instrumental role in saving energy and conserving the environment, as well as lowering operations and maintenance costs," he added.

Empower increased the number of its work stations to boost the use of district cooling systems which is ideal in reducing carbon footprint.
Bin Shafar added: “District cooling systems are better than conventional ones as they make use of the surplus heat in low-cost and effective cooling systems. Also, district cooling systems are environment friendly which save the natural resources.”
Empower's district cooling systems provide effective and efficient means of air conditioning. Water is cooled in central plants and distributed through a network of piping systems to individual customer buildings. District cooling achieves economies of scale by using centralised plants instead of individual cooling units in each building.

About Empower:
Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) is a joint venture between Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone (TECOM) Investments and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), created to provide energy-efficient district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments. Empower plans to diversify into other energy efficiency and conservation services. The centralised system results in reduced capital and operating costs, thus reducing air-conditioning set-up and energy costs per building. Empower is set to become one of the largest district cooling companies in the region.

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