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Nuts and bolts of district energy

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IDEA President Rob Thornton (right) and (left to right) Tariq Al Yasi, Moustapha Assayed, Ramesh Ramadurai and Ahmad Bin Shafar from Empower.
IDEA President Rob Thornton (right) and (left to right) Tariq Al Yasi, Moustapha Assayed, Ramesh Ramadurai and Ahmad Bin Shafar from Empower.
Shafiq Khoori, MD of Palm District Cooling, accepting  the IDEA District Energy Space Silver Award 2008 for Most Square Footage.
Shafiq Khoori, MD of Palm District Cooling, accepting the IDEA District Energy Space Silver Award 2008 for Most Square Footage.
Fayad Al Khatib, general manager of Qatar Cool, accepting the IDEA District Energy Space Silver award for Number of Buildings Beyond North America.
Fayad Al Khatib, general manager of Qatar Cool, accepting the IDEA District Energy Space Silver award for Number of Buildings Beyond North America.

The district energy industry is a proven, reliable and scalable energy technology that can contribute immediately to greater energy efficiency and mitigate carbon emissions on a highly effective scale. This important sector will be placed under the spotlight at the Fourth International District Cooling Conference and Trade Show of the International District Energy Association (IDEA).

“The focus will be on workshops and technical/operational exchange on enhancing plant efficiencies, training operational staff, monitoring distribution networks and end-user efficiency,” comments Rita Chahoud from Tabreed, executive director of the Middle East chapter. “Rather than focus on policy and business development, the fourth International District Cooling Conference will sharpen attention on improving operations to increase profitability and reduce costs.”

SIZE AND SCOPE

Chahoud comments that the size and scope of the district cooling industry in the Middle East has been an important factor for the global growth of the industry. It has also helped to crystallise the importance of investing in infrastructure in order to strengthen the electricity grid, reduce emissions and conserve water more effectively through the scale provided by district cooling.

“There is great opportunity to share experiences in sub-metering, or use of TSE or seawater for condenser cooling, for instance, in the Middle East. IDEA members are always eager to openly share and assist each other with new technologies and enhanced business models. The size and scale of investment in district energy assets in the region will ensure that the industry continues to capture great attention and focus from IDEA members globally.”

The following Middle East countries were represented at IDEA’s Centennial Conference in Washington, DC in the US: Palm District Cooling, Drake & Scull, SNC Lavalin, United Cool, Tabreed, Empower, Cool Tech Energy Water, FVB Energy, Stellar, Johnson Controls and Qatar Cool and Dar Al-Hadassah.

Middle East companies also fared well in IDEA’s latest District Energy Space awards. IDEA has published District Energy Space annually since 1990. Each issue features a compilation of data provided by members, including the number of buildings and the area in square feet that have been committed to, or recommitted to, district energy service in North America and beyond during the previous calendar year.

IDEA DISTRICT COOLING CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW
11-13 October

InterContinental Hotel at Dubai Festival City
www.districtenergy.org

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