District Cooling in KSA Could Present a Solution to Reducing EnergyConsumption Levels
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, April 12, 2010/PRNewswire/ --
- Could Implementing a Less Expensive and Greener Alternative to AirConditioning Really Have Such a Significant Impact?
Media are invited to join district cooling experts at District CoolingSummit Saudi Arabia on 18 - 21 April 2010 at the Park Hyatt Hotel Jeddah,Saudi Arabia. Program will be opened by the event's chairman George Barbari,CEO, DC Pro Engineering followed by a presentation by Abdul Hamid AlMansour,CEO, Saudi Tabreed.
GCC countries share a climate that regularly exceeds 45degrees Celsius, and have densely populated cities that place high demandsonenergy resources. To counter these high temperatures, the Middle East regionis currently heavily dependant on the cooling provided by air conditioning.Published data states that as much as 70% of the power used during peaktimescan be attributed to cooling systems.
Distributing heating or cooling to multiple locations from onegenerator source is not a new concept and their have been numeroussuccessfuland sustainable projects globally that have proven both the feasibility andreliability of such schemes.
In the GCC, the UAE can boast successful examples of districtcooling implementation to both residential and commercial developments,whereclose to 1 million tons of refrigeration capacity have been developed.However, some of these new district cooling schemes have been severelyaffected by the economic downturn, due to both financing structures and theclose link between many of the district cooling providers and the masterdevelopers. On the other hand, many schemes are generating demand capacityand energy revenue in excess of AED 1.5 billion annually which will ensurehealthy long-term district cooling utility business.
So, despite the bad press that district cooling has receivedrecently, it still remains the most cost-effective and energy efficientsolution to the cooling requirements of the region. It is critical, howeverthat the mistakes are not repeated and that the perceived risks aremitigatedprior to implementation. New regulations and preferential utility rates arealso required to boost the district cooling industry.
George Berbari, a regional industry pioneer, stated that theindustry is adapting fast to the new situation and has developed newengagement rules prior to any investment. Examples include insuringguaranteed anchor loads, avoiding investment in the networks and properlyforecasting actual cooling demands.
In KSA, improved understanding of project economics,government legislation and the business environment can help to identify andmitigate the perceived threats to a cooling project's success. Combined withimproved planning, design, maintenance and energy efficiency initiativeslikeco-generation, this will enable cost-efficiency, sustainability and energysavings.
IQPC Middle East's District Cooling Summit Saudi Arabia 2010taking place on 18 - 21 April 2010 at Park Hyatt Hotel Jeddah, Saudi Arabiawill provide a platform for benchmarking regional district cooling projectbest practice. Executive speakers from Saudi Tabreed, Chescor Capital, TAS,Kamstrup, Cool Tech, Baltimore Aircoil, Trane and Johnson Controls willshareregional and international district cooling expertise and technologyinnovations. This outstanding four-day event will provide what many otherevents do not deliver: A 360 degree perspective from the client, contractor,consultant and solution provider.
The District Cooling Summit Saudi Arabia will take place 18-21April 2010 at the Park Hyatt Jeddah, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ifdistrictcooling is on your agenda for 2010 ensure that you join our VIP ClientGuests