By Sam Bridge
Empower has announced the start of operations at the world's first unmanned district cooling plant at Jumeirah Village Circle
Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation, better known as Empower, has announced that operations of the world's first unmanned district cooling plant at Jumeirah Village Circle in Dubai have started.
The third generation district cooling plant serves the residents of 52 buildings with a total cooling capacity of 38,000 refrigeration tons (RT).
Residents of 30 new buildings will be supplied with the cooling services, bringing the total number to 82 buildings, with a total cooling capacity of 49,000 RT by the end of 2020, the company said.
Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said: "The culture of innovation is deep-rooted in Empower's strategy since its inception as a fruit of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
"Empower's adoption and continuous development of innovative solutions and technologies in the performance of its tasks, is in line with the vision of Dubai's leadership aiming at innovating tools and means to invest opportunities and create a better future for future generations", he added.
The new plant in JVC adopts latest technologies in district cooling systems, including monitoring and adjusting the water flow to and from the cooling plant via the Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology, which helps reducing the burden on the grid during peak hours.
The plant will be connected to Empower’s command control centre, which has the ability to read more than one million data entries of cooling towers, coolers, transformers and water supplies at Empower's 79 cooling plants.
The new plant will be the first in a series of unmanned operating plants that Empower is preparing to develop with the aim of achieving the greatest energy savings.
Empower said it has saved a total of 1,224 MW electricity worth AED3.2 billion as of the end of 2019.
Empower provides district cooling services to over 1,180 buildings and 120,000 customers, with a total cooling capacity of 1,530,000 RT across projects in Dubai.