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Empower greens its district cooling

Dubai Healthcare City's cooling water to come from treated sewage

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Empower is to green its district cooling by switching to treated sewage effluent. (Getty Images)
Empower is to green its district cooling by switching to treated sewage effluent. (Getty Images)

Emirates Central Cooling Corp (Empower), the largest district cooling service provider in the region, has announced that it has switched to Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) of Dubai Municipality to obtain water for its Healthcare City cooling towers.

The move comes as district cooling companies start to becoming compliant with Executive Council Order 27, which requires the replacement of desalinated water in DC applications with seawater or treated sewage water.

Empower has installed a new polishing plant with the daily capacity to deliver 1,000 cubic metres of pure water based on reverse osmosis technology, designed to purify the water in order to minimise the contamination of the Dubai Healthcare City cooling tower plant equipment, and to minimise water wastage.

Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said: “The purpose of district cooling is to save energy. As we lead by example, we have adopted this new technology. Most real estate projects in Dubai are equipped with district cooling services which require a huge amount of water, and using sewage or recycled water represents a huge step forward in water conservation.”

He continued: “Community segments need to adopt the principles of energy conservation as their core values, so that future generations will gain maximum benefit . In this part of the world, cooling is essential for more than two thirds of the year, and this move works at saving water intensively so that our children and grandchildren will enjoy the wealth of water, instead of losing it in district cooling.”
 

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