January 25th, 2011
Bin Shafar: ‘This is a major achievement for UAE as Empower is the only district cooling provider in the world to be given such a role’
Las Vegas, USA, Dubai, UAE 25 January, 2011: A delegation of Empower, the largest district cooling service provider in the region, has left for the United States to review the first District Cooling Design Manual which is being compiled by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the 116-year old international organization with 51,000 members.
The first draft of the ASHRAE design manual for district cooling systems would be reviewed by Empower as the only district cooling company in the world to do so. ASHRAE lauded Empower for initiating the idea of the design manual and providing the necessary impetus for the realization of the project.
A delegation from EMPOWER led by Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, and consisting of Samer Khoudeir, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Tariq Alyasi, Chief Operation & Maintenance Officer, Moustapha Assayed, Sr. Engineering Manager, will discuss the progress of the District Cooling Design Manual and visit ASHARE 2011 Winter Conference taking place in Las Vegas in Nevada from January 29th to February 2nd, 2011.
Bin Shafar commented: “EMPOWER is proud to spearhead a strategic move to establish ASHRAE guidelines for the design and building of plant rooms for district cooling for the whole world. The district cooling industry is growing very rapidly in Dubai and in the region itself. Unfortunately, there are no guidelines for the design and building of a plant room. Prior to these guidelines, it was left to the consultants to use their own guidelines.”
Bin Shafar added: “If we want to be leaders, we have to do something that would be helpful to the industry at a global level. This initiative is not only for the benefit of Empower but also for the industry as a whole."
ASHRAE fulfils its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education. The initiative has been supported by Empower.
Bin Shafar added: “The objective was to prepare a Design Manual for District Cooling Systems. 50% of the first draft of the guide was delivered on 31 October 2009. The chapter on End-user Interface was completed on 15 January 2010.”
The District Cooling (DC) manual will be an additional stand-alone publication that includes thorough coverage of planning, design, and operation issues relevant to district cooling applications in all regions of the world, including the Middle East.
The design manual will include the following sections Introduction/Overview, System Planning & Design, Design Criteria, System Architecture, End-User Interface, Central Plant, Thermal Storage, Distribution Systems, Instrumentation & Control, Operation & Maintenance, Advanced Topics, Case Studies ad References/Appendices.
Bin Shafar added: “The new guidelines will provide a model for optimal design of district cooling systems, based on a number of field studies of both existing and new distribution systems. The preparation of the manual is broken into three major tasks: Gathering background information, developing a detailed outline for the manual and preparing the manual.”
Bin Shafar said: “The guidelines will be for the entire world, however, this region is considered the most densely populated in the world. When I talk of this region, it includes India, Pakistan and the Levant, and MENA.”
“The Design Manual is meant for those who want to excel and be recognized by international certifying bodies. When I want to buy something, I want to understand the basis of taking a decision. The ASHRAE guidelines will go beyond personal ideologies via generalising international standards for everyone in the industry and it is a matter of pride for the entire district cooling industry in the UAE that Empower is part of this move,” concluded Bin Shafar.