The world’s first unmanned and fully-automated district cooling plant is now 80% complete, Empower has announced.
The district cooling services provider, led by CEO Ahmad Bin Shafar, reports that construction on its Jumeirah Village facility is edging closer to completion.
When fully operational the plant will have a total capacity of 50,000 refrigeration tonnes, forming part of Empower’s strategy to develop its infrastructure using advanced smart technologies.
“Construction of the world’s first unmanned district cooling plant is taking place as per the schedule and with no delay,” said Bin Shafar.
“The new cooling plant will be connected to Empower’s state-of-the-art command control centre, which is using the Advanced SCADA system, with the capacity to read two million [pieces of] data per minute related to cooling towers, chillers, transformers, [and] water supply.
“The continuation of constructing the district cooling pipeline network in Jumeirah Village area is also progressing in parallel with the construction of the new plant.”
The first phase of the plant is expected to be in operation by the end of the year, and will serve customers in the immediate locality.
The plant will harness artificial intelligence to monitor and automatically adjust inflow and outflow of chilled water, as well as thermal energy storage technology – which will optimise usage during peak hours – and treated sewage effluent technology to protect natural resources.