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Empower wins first global Innovation Award reinforcing Dubais commitment to environmental sustainability

June 16th, 2013

Empower’s use of Treated Sewage Effluent to optimise efficiency of its district cooling plants beat off the competition

 Empower, the largest district cooling service provider in the region, today announced it won the first International District Energy Association (IDEA) Annual Innovation Award at IDEA’s 104th annual conference and trade show in Miami, Florida.

The new Annual Innovation Award celebrates innovation and creativity in technology, engineering and operations within the district energy industry. The award will help increase the exchange of communication between key stakeholders so that these innovations can be used and applied across the world.

Empower was selected as the winner by an impressive panel of judges comprising IDEA members, for its effective use of Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) in combination with reverse osmosis (RO) process which optimises the efficiency of their large district chilled water plants. It also serves to minimise the use of valuable potable water by testing a series of blended proportions to maximise water savings.

Empower won the award due to the economic and environmental benefits of the innovation, the quality of their submittal and the potential to apply their innovation in communities around the world.

“We are thrilled and honoured to accept the first IDEA Innovation Award and hope that this leads to more collaboration and sharing of ideas within our industry going forward. Collaboration is key to enabling communities all over the world access to cleaner and more efficient energy,” said Ahmad Bin Shafar, chief executive of Empower.

“Water is a valuable commodity, especially in the Middle East where water sources are depleting fast. As such, we must all learn to conserve water and look to creative, new technologies that are able to meet the needs of a growing population while at the same time preserving the natural environment for generations to come.”

Empower also won the IDEA Bronze Space Award for 2012 for the total square footage served by district cooling.

A joint venture between DEWA and Dubai Technology & Media Free Zone, Empower currently provides district cooling services at several prominent developments in Dubai, including Dubai International Finance Centre, Dubai Healthcare City, Business Bay Area, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Al Khail Gate and Ghuroob Mirdif.

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