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Tabreed Integrates Big Data Technology to Improve Operational Performance

Tabreed Becomes First District Cooling Company to Integrate OSIsoft PI System into its Operations as Part of Digital Transformation Strategy

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National Central Cooling Company PJSC (DFM: Tabreed), a leading UAE-based regional district cooling utility company, is integrating data-based operational intelligence software across its network of district cooling plants to monitor, analyse, and improve overall plant performance and reliability, making it the first district cooling company to do so.

Created by OSIsoft, a leader in operational intelligence, the PI System will collect, analyze, visualize and share the large amount of data produced by Tabreed’s network of plants.

Tabreed is a partner of choice for organizations across the GCC in providing environmentally friendly district cooling solutions that support the region’s energy sustainability.

With 74 district cooling plants located throughout the region, Tabreed currently delivers over one million refrigeration tonnes to key developments in the region including iconic infrastructure projects such as Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island, Yas Island, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Dubai Metro, Dubai Parks and Resorts, and the Jabal Omar Development in the Holy City of Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“The PI System gives us real-time insight into our systems, which plays a key role in enhancing customer satisfaction and our services provided to them,” said Jean-Francois Chartrain, Chief Operating Officer, Tabreed.

This kind of immediate application of such world-class Technology is the cornerstone of digital transformation and we hope to leverage technology like the PI System to predict equipment malfunctions and proactively enhance our operations. Data analytics solutions will increase our ability to deliver affordable and reliable chilled water to our customers.”

Tabreed now tracks approximately 30,000 data streams or ‘tags’, monitoring metrics such as real-time and historic power consumption, cooling energy production and equipment status. Employees also use PI Vision, OSIsoft’s visualization tool, to create dashboards which present data with greater clarity and across multiple devices. 

District cooling is expected to play a pivotal role in many regions in curbing the escalating energy demands of air conditioning, which currently accounts for approximately 10% of global electricity consumption and is the fastest growing use of energy in buildings, according to the International Energy Agency.

By 2050, around two-thirds of households are expected to have air conditioners. Demand for air conditioning power is expected to triple by 2050, an increase that would require an increase in capacity equivalent to the current electrical capacity of the U.S., EU and, Japan today.

OSIsoft’s PI System transforms the vast number of operational data streams from sensors, industrial equipment and other devices into rich, real-time insights to help save money, increase productivity and make better decisions. Worldwide, over two billion sensor-based data streams are managed by the PI System.

In facilities, the PI System is used to manage power consumption for over 135 million square feet of building space at leading universities, research hospitals, data centers, national laboratories, stadiums, government centers and corporate campuses. The PI System is also used to optimize district heating networks across France.

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