Honeywell takes energy conservation to mosques
Al Tawba Mosque in UAE cuts energy costs by 37% during six-month pilot program with the help of Honeywell ‘Smart’ thermostat
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has announced the results of a first of a kind thermostat pilot program in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, that indicates mosques in the Middle East have the potential to cut their energy consumption by a significant amount through the use of “smart” thermostats. The announcement comes at a time when sustainability is a national priority for many Middle Eastern states.
Honeywell’s VisionPRO 8000 thermostat for mosques, designed with an auto-azan feature that uses location coordinates to calculate prayer times and automatically adjust temperatures, was piloted at the Al Tawba Mosque, Sharjah, over a period of six months between August 2015 and January 2016.
The results demonstrated year-over-year energy savings of 37%, equating to 778 kilowatts in reduced energy consumption. The findings have been endorsed by the Sharjah government’s Department of Islamic Affairs, which oversees mosques in the emirate.
Due to harsh climate conditions and subsidies on power and fuel, Middle Eastern states count amongst the world’s largest consumers of electricity per capita.** Honeywell’s VisionPRO® 8000 thermostat for mosques, which was launched in August 2015, was designed to supports energy conservation initiatives as well as sustainable development ambitions across the region.
Mosques often have large open spaces and with prayers taking place five times a day, the ability to provide a comfortable, yet energy efficient environment has distinct energy saving implications. With tens of thousands of mosques across the Middle East, Honeywell’s technology has the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption while maintaining optimal comfort for worshippers during prayer times.
“In line with our commitment to making the region’s buildings smarter, greener, safer and more productive, we’re very pleased to see energy savings being achieved as a result of our trial in the UAE,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president for Honeywell’s Middle East, Russia and Central Asia regions. “The mosque thermostat is a clear result of our ongoing commitment to provide our customers in the Middle East with energy-efficient and locally relevant solutions. With this unique product, mosques in the region can be made more comfortable when required, while also providing an intuitive and sustainable solution for mosque caretakers during off-peak times.”
Dilip Sinha, general manager for Honeywell Environmental and Energy Solutions in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META), said: “This product is an example of how Honeywell works to develop and adapt technology to serve the needs of its customers. In this case we designed the auto-azan feature to enhance existing Honeywell programmable thermostat technology to meet the cultural needs of the region and to help support the Middle East’s sustainable development plans.”
Following the encouraging results of the Sharjah pilot program, Honeywell is conducting other pilot studies at various mosques in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, with more being planned in other Middle Eastern countries. The results of those studies will be announced in due course.
Honeywell’s VisionPRO 8000 for mosques features effortless programming to automatically schedule optimal comfort during prayer times according to location and time of year, “Holiday Mode” with override switch for special occasions such as Ramadan, Eid and other religious holidays.
It also features “Adaptive Intelligent Recovery” by memorising how long it takes the system to reach the desired temperature. It turns on the cooling system in advance to ensure the temperature reaches the optimal level at the desired time.