Empower targeting 350MW energy saving by year-end
District cooling technology saved 320MW through 2012
Dubai-based district cooling firm Empower has said that it anticipates saving 350MW of energy by the end of 2013. The company says that district cooling systems can help save up to 50% of the total power consumption compared with conventional cooling, and consequently recorded a power saving of an impressive 320MW through 2012.
In the Middle East region, air conditioning accounts for around 70% of total power consumption. Dubai’s own energy consumption has been rising rapidly – recording a 7.1% average increase through the first quarter of 2013 on the same period last year. Demand on the grid through January of this year rose to 2,142GW, from 2,009GW last year.
Empower CEO, Ahmad Bin Shafar, said: “District cooling systems have many benefits, and they are very efficient in power consumption, which is absolutely crucial in this region.”
The firm has said that it now has 400,000RT of total cooling capacity, and had connected a total of 320 buildings by the end of 2012. Customers of the firm – corporate and individual – rose to 21,000 through last year.
“With Dubai’s population rising each year and billions of dirhams worth of new projects in the pipeline across the Emirate, Empower can help accommodate the future district cooling demand of a wide variety of consumers while contributing to the same economic growth of Dubai,” Bin Shafar added.