District cooling and tri-generation will play an increasingly vital role in the storing and integration of intermittent renewable energy sources in the future, said an engineering consultancy expert.
“We are all aware that renewables are on the way to becoming the dominant source of energy. But because of the intermittent nature of renewables particularly solar and wind as a power source, the biggest challenge facing all of us is going to be energy storage,” remarked George Berbari, the chief executive of UAE-based DC Pro Engineering.
Interest in district cooling is increasing in Asia and the Middle East, especially in the Gulf region where its use has grown exponentially since the 1990s, he pointed out.
According to him, the United Nations Development Programme (UNEP) is taking an active role in promoting District Energy in cities via publications and financing studies and borrowing worldwide.
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