Pipes, Plants, Water and Cooling

By Iqpc Middle East, PRNE
Saturday, April 2, 2011

DUBAI, UAE, April 3, 2011 - As GCC countries approach their stiflingly hot summer months, the matter
of cooling people, places and businesses will be at the forefront of
everybody's mind. New technologies to keep cool come and go, but one in
particular has become increasingly popular within mixed-use developments
within this region.

District cooling requires a network of water, pipes, cooling plants and
innovative technology to pump air conditioning into buildings, developments
and even metro networks.

The question usually asked is why choose district cooling over your usual
run of the mill air conditioner when it costs more to implement initially?

Head of the District Energy Program for the Engineering College of Aarhus
in Denmark, Jens Brusgaard Vestergaard, says that as cooling technology
progresses, "taking advantage of these technological improvements is much
easier within district cooling networks. With district cooling, you only have
to implement new technology within the central cooling plants, whereas
retrofitting an entire building's air conditioning network will cost much
more and will cause disruption for those using the services."

His opinions are backed up by one of the key figures in the adoption of
district cooling in Saudi Arabia, Dr. George Abou Fadel, Director of
Proposals and Engineering with MEP contractor Arabian Bemco. Often regarded
as the 'King of district cooling in Saudi Arabia', Dr. Abou Fadel contends
that "district cooling plants bring efficiency, optimisation and diversity
benefits compared to traditional cooling systems". The most important
criterion to consider when determining what kind of system should be adopted
are "load profiles and diversity factors", which are typically determined by
how many people will use the system and during which times of the day.

And the big S word, sustainability, is a prominent feature of district
cooling as the networks typically increase energy efficiency and reduce
consumption among the energy guzzling populations of the GCC countries.
"Sustainability is essential when choosing district cooling systems
considering the critical negative impact to customers and developers in the
case of repeated failures of traditional cooling networks" claims Dr. Abou
. While environmental aspects are important, improved energy consumption
also translates into long term savings and improved rates of return for
developers and building owners who incorporate it in their plans.

Want to know more? From the 10 - 13 April the 2nd Annual District Cooling
Saudi Arabia Summit will be taking place in Jeddah and will feature the
region's leading experts in the district cooling industry. Further details
can be obtained at www.districtcoolingsaudi.com

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    Eileen Grace Espelita
    Marketing Manager
    IQPC Middle East

For more information, please contact: Eileen Grace Espelita, Marketing Manager, IQPC Middle East, +971-4-364-2975, enquiry at iqpc.ae .

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