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50 per cent energy saving with solar

Energy efficient office in Jebel Ali cuts costs with triple green tech

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Green building techniques and use of solar technology could revolutionise the Middle East's reliance on traditional energy. (Getty Images)
Green building techniques and use of solar technology could revolutionise the Middle East's reliance on traditional energy. (Getty Images)

New solar cooling techniques said to offer substantial cost, consumption and carbon footprint benefits have been launched in the Gulf, as the Jebel Ali headquarters of ESAB wins a platinum rating for its energy efficiency.

A combination of three world-leading technologies have created a solar cooling solution based on renewable energy at the building, with ClimateWell solar chillers, Kingspan Thermomax Solar Evacuated Tubes and a ClimaDeck hollow core slab system all being included.

The building’s design, along with the solar chillers, can reduce the overall installed capacity of air conditioning plants, reducing energy consumption by 40 or 50 per cent and offering a reduction in capital costs, higher return on investment and lower environmental impact.

"We see it as a breakthrough for the GCC and hope it shows how to efficiently utilise solar energy for cooling in projects across Gulf States, says Gerard Whelan, MD of Kingspan Renewables.

“Our world-renowned Thermomax Solar Evacuated Tubes have already been used in solar cooling applications in Europe and the United States, and we hope the technology will now take hold in the GCC through our partnership with DEW-Kylsystem and Climatewell.”

ClimaDeck projects in the Middle East have already proved to have up to 60 per cent lower energy consumption than equally sized conventional buildings, and also benefit from significantly reduced noise and draught.

 

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