Producing chilled water during off-peak hours and storing them for later use to cool buildings at peak time is one of the key energy efficiency drivers for district cooling company Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower).
Through Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology, Empower eases the power grid during peak hours and ensures consistent supply during periods when there is strong demand.
Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower, said: “Thermal energy storage tanks, which have already been positively contributing to district cooling’s energy efficiency goals, offer huge potentials for the district cooling sector.
"They act like batteries, which makes it easier to address the fluctuations in energy demand. The potential for district cooling to expand its role in the sustainable energy sector is huge, considering the latest developments in the clean technology sector."
He said that district cooling systems "provide an ideal platform to explore innovations".
Bin Shafar added: “Given the huge energy demand of both heating and cooling in buildings, which takes up as much as 60% of a facility’s total energy consumption, advancing our interests in energy-efficient solutions will keep the UAE closer to its sustainability goals while providing a new range of solutions for property developers to build sustainable communities. Empower is keen to continue exploring the opportunities for district cooling to further enhance its position in environmental sustainability.”
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