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Empower discusses US-UAE trade ties with US Consul General

Empower, a district cooling provider in the Middle East, has received the US Consul General, His Excellency Robert Waller in a move to further boost US-UAE trade relations.

Both parties discussed the need for boosting cooperation and exchanging expertise within the energy and industrial sectors in the UAE and the US. In addition to promoting US exports to the UAE, the aim of the meeting was to discuss ways of increasing UAE investment in the US and bolstering bilateral trade.

Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Empower said: “The meeting between Empower and the US Consular team proved to be inspirational and further strengthened the already strong trade relations between our two countries, particularly in the areas of sustainability and energy efficiency.

“With Empower being the first Middle Eastern board member of the International District Energy Association and in light of Dubai being elected as host city of the World Expo 2020, this meeting between the US Consul delegation and the Empower team has significant strategic value.”

Dubai has seen a surge in both foreign and domestic investment and efficient government spending has resulted in the development of state-of-the-art infrastructure and a world class business and tourism destination.

Accompanied by Robert Bannerman, Foreign Commercial Attaché at the US Consulate in Dubai, Robert Waller praised Dubai’s development as a global business hub. Waller described the emirate as a business model for the entire Middle East region, due to the long-term vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.


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Empower to supply district cooling to Al Habtoor City

Empower, the district cooling provider in the Middle East, has signed a deal with the Al Habtoor Group to supply 17,500 Refrigeration Tonnes (RT) of district cooling to the $3 billion mixed-use Al Habtoor City project.

Empower will deliver the district cooling service in three phases starting from May 2015.

Mohammed K Al Habtoor, Vice Chairman and CEO of Al Habtoor Group, said: “District cooling provides a healthy and environment-friendly air conditioning and adds value to the aesthetics of the realty. While considering district cooling in Al Habtoor City, Empower is our first choice with its experience in project handling, technical, operational and innovation excellence, and flawless customer service.”

Located on a 10 million square foot plot on Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Habtoor City will be the largest integrated hotel complex in the Middle East when complete in 2016 comprising three hotels with a total of 1,675 rooms and will be the largest hospitality and entertainment development in the world. The hotels will be St. Regis owned by Starwood, W Dubai and Westin Dubai. The project also includes three luxury residential towers, food and beverage venues, a French-inspired garden and an iconic Las Vegas style aqua theatre.

The development will also feature the world’s first Bentley café, 11 executive penthouses and a broad range of other amenities.

District cooling systems can help save up to 50% of total power consumption compared to traditional systems while at the same time supporting the rising power demand in Dubai. In 2012, Empower saved 320 MW, enough to power 65 buildings with more than 400,000 RT of installed cooling capacity.


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Empower recognised for innovative solution to save water

Empower, a district cooling provider in the Middle East, has won the bronze Emirates Energy Award for its innovative approach to saving water in its district cooling plant in Dubai Healthcare City.

The judging panel selected the project based on Empower’s innovative use of Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) which offers many economic and environmental benefits. Using TSE reduces the use of potable water, a resource that is highly valuable in the Middle East.

“We are all delighted to be recognised for our efforts to bring sustainable innovations to the industry. This sort of technology will help meet the demands of a rapidly-growing population in a sustainable way and will also help preserve our fragile environment,” said Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.

In June this year, Empower won the first Annual Innovation Award from the International District Energy Association (IDEA) for its effective use of TSE in combination with reverse osmosis (RO) process which optimises the efficiency of their large district chilled water plants and minimises the use of valuable potable water.


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Empower promotes eco-friendly cooling systems at Cityscape

Yesterday at Cityscape 2013, Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), emphasised the energy savings that district cooling can provide developers. The CEO urged district cooling providers to implement sustainable solutions across their projects.

Bin Shafar said: “In a typical residential unit, for instance, district cooling systems can cut energy usage by 40 to 45 per cent, compared to traditional climate control systems.”

By centralising cool-air production for large-scale real estate master developments instead of installing outmoded individual units in each building, district cooling could provide energy-efficient cooling. The centralised system has a lower capital investment and operating costs, thus reduces air-conditioning set-up and energy costs per building.

Bin Shafar added.  “Water is cooled in central plants and distributed through a network of piping systems to individual customer buildings.”

Empower, district cooling service provider in the region, is a joint venture between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone (TECOM) Investments. Earlier this year, it announced a new district cooling plant which is the first to implement the Dubai Executive Council’s guidelines on environmental sustainability. Located in Dubai Business Bay, it will provide residential and commercial towers with 50,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT) of cooling, with an output of 10,000 RT through thermal storage.

An ideal environmentally friendly cooling solution, the new plant will only require 0.9 KW to produce one RT of cooling, compared to traditional non-district cooling systems that require up to 1.8 KW of energy every hour.



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Another first for the UAE

The UAE is the first country to sponsor the release of an international reference manual for district cooling (DC) and heating design.

Exclusively funded and sponsored by Empower, the largest district cooling company in the MENA region, the manual was approved at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Conference 2013 which concluded recently in Dallas in USA.

The international manual was given unanimous approval by the members of the technical committee, in the presence of ASHRAE President and Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.

With DC developing rapidly in the Gulf, unified measures are needed for greater efficiency. The approved manual is a stand-alone publication which through its deep focus on planning, design, and operation covers issues relevant to district cooling and heating applications in all regions of the world, including the Middle East.


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