District Cooling to play a key role in future sustainable development

Date: 05/11/2013

The 5th Annual Middle East District Cooling Summit is expected to highlight facts that would break certain myths about District Cooling and prove industry experts’ belief that the technology will have an indispensable role in sustainable developments of the future.
Set to take place on the 26th to 28th of November in Doha, Qatar, it is anticipated that expert resource speakers and participants will exchange facts as well as information on the latest developments in district cooling technologies during the event. And based on actual scientific and engineering studies and research, facts are to be presented to highlight the huge benefits of district cooling towards global, regional and local sustainable development objectives, vis-à-vis certain myths about district cooling.
“The global community, specifically through the United Nations, including GCC countries, has put sustainable development as the most important challenge facing humanity,” says Mr. George Berbari – the Summit Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DC Pro Engineering. “With a big drive and top priority given into the combined production of electric power generation, cooling and heating energy or Tri-Generation, district cooling presents itself as the ideal industry to respond to the future challenges of integrated tri-generation technologies.
“Through the use of natural gas, a further 50% reduction in prime energy utilized by electric district cooling provides the perfect companion to fluctuating renewable sources such as solar energy. In addition, deep geothermal energy can harvest water at 95 Deg C or higher at 2.5 km depth to power part of the district cooling scheme as base load available 24/7, 365 days a year,” Mr. Berbari explains. “Furthermore, there has also been a big shift in the district cooling industry from utilizing expensive and energy intensive fresh water to less expensive treated sewage effluent. This has therefore increased the environmental effectiveness of district cooling.

District cooling is a centralised system that provides chilled water to the air-conditioning system of user buildings for cooling purpose – via an underground chilled water pipe network. Because of its ‘centralised’ characteristic, less energy is required to power a district cooling plant than a collective set of individual air conditioning units in a community or district all running at the same time.  Additionally, due to its lesser consumption of electricity, the effects of greenhouse gases and contaminants to the environment are also reduced.
For end users, district cooling provides better reliability and quality in meeting cooling demand and requirement than conventional air conditioning units. This is primarily due to the fact that a team of professional engineers and support staff, as well as the technologically advanced and computerized central chiller plant, ensures stable and uninterrupted cooling supply to buildings all the time.
Among the key topics and products to be discussed and addressed at the summit are: Government regulations with DC based approaches in GCC countries; Energy conservation through employment of District Cooling; Integration of Green Building solutions for efficient District Cooling; Is tri-generation an answer to DC in Qatar?; and the future of Solar Cooling.
In addition, there would also be an Executive Panel discussion on the Alternative Water Sources for District Cooling in the GCC; a Stakeholder’s Panel discussion on Power Security through District-Cooling based Energy Conservation; a keynote presentation by Mr. Berbari on the second day about ‘Tri-generation integrated with renewable energy will be at the leading edge of sustainable and economically feasible future technologies’; and an Interactive Panel on Solar Energy for DC in GCC Countries.