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Middle East Increasingly Adopting Green Cooling Solutions
George Berbari, CEO of DC Pro Engineering and a founder of Tabreed, the UAE's first district cooling firm, had some good news on the energy efficient to present at the fifth Annual Middle East District Cooling Summit, which was held to make governments aware of the impact that district cooling had in positively impacting the environment and data centers.
As cooling accounts for more than 50 percent of a data center's operating budget -- and is growing with increased computing loads and rising utility fees, the energy efficient news could well be a new chapter in data center cooling.
Berbari noted that the district cooling industry is getting more efficient than ever before and was evolving to include tri-generation of power, cooling and heating integrated with renewable solar and deep geothermal energy.
“The efficiency of district cooling has improved to 0.85 kw/ton compared to 1.0 kw/ton 10 years ago,” observed Berbari.
District cooling is cost-effective; greener; delivers energy-efficient, economical, and environmentally-friendlier cooling solutions; consumes up to 50 per cent less power compared to regular air conditioners; and also provides much better cooling. This is rather significant given that in the UAE, during the peak summer months, air-conditioning typically accounts for 70 percent of energy consumption.
Trigeneration, like district cooling, has great potential in the Middle East, where it can not only reduce energy requirements and provide cooling, but substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the region as well.
Berbari observed that both Dubai and Kehramaa had implemented strict regulations for district cooling, which not only helps reduce costs to owners and governments alike, but protects the environment by decreasing carbon dioxide emissions as well.
District cooling regulations, tri-generation, industry insights and solutions for innovative cooling, renewable energy and alternative sources were topics that were discussed at the summit.
Salah Nezar, sustainability director of project management in Qatar, discussed the challenges and opportunities that outdoor cooling presented. He also explained why an evaporative cooling approach was not ideal as an outdoor cooling solution during summer.
More than 300 participants and delegates from across 20 countries, including regional and global experts for cooling and tri-generation, attended the three-day summit.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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