In an effort to enhance the conservational impact and development of district cooling in Qatar, Qatar Cool and the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this summer, outlining their plans to work together to expand on environmental reserves and research in district cooling, as well as explore ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of district cooling in Qatar. Qatar Cool is a member of the International District Energy Association (IDEA).
Qatar Cool was represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Yasser S. Al Jaidah, while QEERI’s Executive Director Dr. Mohammad A. Khaleel represented the institute.
“Qatar Cool applauds our partners in QEERI, for their remarkable focus on the development and enhancement projects in Qatar,” said Yasser S. Al Jaidah. “We are eager to find ways to support and benefit from the partnership. We look forward to creating dialogues and partnerships focused on developing Qatar’s comprehensive evolution.”
The MOU between Qatar Cool and QEERI lays out plans for elevation of environmental practices and improvements focused around district cooling. Qatar Cool and QEERI will work together to strengthen institutional exchange of personnel, scientific and technological information focused on how to augment and supplement consumption of natural resources whilst ensuring maximum efficiency of service. The partnership will extend to positive activities such as forums, symposia and workshops/conferences.
“Safeguarding Qatar’s natural resources and ensuring wise energy usage is vital to sustain the country’s future. Qatar Cool is constantly on the lookout for progressive technologies and procedures to ensure the continuation of district cooling’s positive environmental effect,” continued Al Jaidah.
“QEERI is a national institute focused on addressing grand challenges facing our country. Various local stakeholders along with QEERI are providing scientific, technical and deployment solutions to sustain Qatar’s water resources. Qatar Cool uses the most energy efficient centralized cooling technologies. We are proud of our partnership with Qatar Cool and believe our joint efforts will result in re-use of treated water and more sustainability of our natural resources,” said Dr. Mohammad A. Khaleel.
About Qatar Cool:
Qatar District Cooling Company was established in 2003 with a vision to be the leading provider of district cooling services in Qatar. Serving its customers from three strategically located cooling plants and an intricate underground piping system, the company built an extensive client base that covers The Pearl-Qatar and West Bay districts.
As part of its dedication to serving the environment, Qatar Cool has accepted the challenge to design, build and operate the largest district cooling plant in the world at The Pearl – Qatar, which will serve more than 80 apartment towers, beachfront villas and townhouses, shopping complexes, offices, schools and hotels throughout the Island, ultimately supplying 130,000 tons of refrigeration to the Island’s 45,000 residents.
Qatar Cool has won multiple international awards, including the System of the Year award from the International District Energy Association in 2012 for the West Bay District, and in 2014 for The Pearl-Qatar District. It was also recognized by Kahramaa’s ‘Tarsheed’, a national campaign to improve water and energy efficiency, for its energy conservation efforts in industrial buildings in Qatar. Most recently, the company was recognized as the ‘Best District Cooling Utility Provider of the Year’ by the Climate Control Middle East.
About Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI):
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and under the umbrella of Hamad Bin Khalifa University. As a national research institute, QEERI plays a leading role addressing the national Energy and Water Security Grand Challenges through Research and Development (R&D). Aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030’s strategy of transforming the State into a diverse and sustainable knowledge-based economy, QEERI’s water R&D program is developing innovative technologies in water desalination and treatment; water quality and reuse; aquifer recharge; and climate change and atmospheric science. QEERI’s energy R&D focuses on Solar Photovoltaics (PV), energy storage and smart grids. For more information, please visit www.qeeri.org.qa.
- Qatar National Vision 2030 (click to download document)