Empower upgrades three district cooling plants

Fibre optic network at sites developed to minimise water consumption

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The fibre optic networks will reduce chilled water consumption at Empower's district cooling plants
The fibre optic networks will reduce chilled water consumption at Empower's district cooling plants

Emirates Central Cooling Corporation (Empower) has announced the completion of fibre optic networks at three of its major district cooling plants in Dubai.

The new system is designed to conserve water resources used in cooling as well as enhancing the efficacy and quality of service to customers.

Commenting on the development, Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower said: “This new system is part of Empower’s series of green initiatives driven by the directive of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to protect the environment.

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"We are implementing this world class control system project across three of our district cooling networks in Mirdif area, JISA and Tecom C area.”

The new system works through the fibre optic connection of Empower’s control systems in the buildings it serves to the district cooling plants in that area. This helps the control systems in the district cooling plants to serve the chilled water requirements more closely and in an efficient manner, according to the company.

The various operational parameters of the building Energy Transfer Stations (ETS) are then continuously monitored and stored in the plant SCADA - Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System.

Meanwhile, the control system in the building continuously monitors the chilled water temperatures and regulates the chilled water flow in order to meet the temperature obligations of Empower towards its customers without compromising on the efficient use of the chilled water.

“Implementation of such systems maximises the efficiency of the plants and the overall system which benefits the district cooling provider and the building owners,” Bin Shafar said.

Empower said its strategy is based on protecting the environment by increasing the usage of district cooling systems. The company claims to have managed to reduce the consumption of desalinated water in district cooling through deploying reverse osmosis technology in some of its large plants in the UAE.

“The use of TSE water through this new technique adopted by Empower was in line with the directives of Dubai Government to reduce the consumption of desalinated water in the cooling process,” said Bin Shafar.

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