Empower Pilots the World's First Unmanned District Cooling Plant

By District Energy posted 01-02-2020 10:21


Construction Week Online


The world’s largest district cooling service provider Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has announced the pilot operation of the world’s first unmanned cooling plant at Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) in Dubai, which will have a total cooling capacity of 50,000 refrigeration tons (RT).

Empower said in a statement that it has maintained the highest international standards, and has taken into account the criteria for sustainable green buildings and modern urban development, while constructing and building the design for the unmanned cooling plant.

Commenting on the announcement, the chief executive officer of Empower, Ahmad Bin Shafar, said: “The significant and continuous expansion of Empower in terms of district cooling services and the construction of new cooling plants is part of the infrastructure development strategy aimed at keeping pace with the real estate and industrial boom in Dubai.”

The plant will be connected to Empower’s centralised intelligent Command Control Center (CCC), the firm confirmed, which is operating on the advanced SCADA system capable of reading more than one million data entries from towers about coolers, transformers, and water supplies.

The unmanned cooling plant will also use artificial intelligence to monitor the water flow to and from the cooling plant, via the thermal energy storage (TES) technology, which helps to reduce the burden on the grid during peak hours. The treated sewage effluent (TSE) technology will also be used to conserve natural resources.

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