January 31st, 2015
Empower, the world’s largest district cooling services provider announced that it has recently connected its services to the prestigious development of Emirates Towers which consist of the Emirates Office Tower and Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel that are connected with a two-storey retail complex known as "The Boulevard". The two towers, which rise to 355 m (1,165 ft) and 309 m (1,014 ft), respectively, are in the list of the tallest buildings in the world. Empower converted the existing air cooled system to district cooling system for the total capacity of 6,000 Refrigeration Tonne (RT), which will result in energy savings of approximately 80% for the Jumeirah Group-owned property.
“Building a green economy for sustainable development is a key pillar in the country’s roadmap to development under Vision 2021 and we are fully committed to achieving this goal,” said H.E Ahmad Bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer, Empower. “Our partnership with the Jumeirah Group is a key milestone as it marks the convergence of the real estate, hospitality and utilities sectors in creating projects that are sustainable and environmentally responsible. The conversion from traditional cooling to district cooling for this capacity is the first of its kind in Dubai and has set the benchmark for other developments utilizing traditional systems of cooling.”
The new cooling system in the Emirates Towers will utilize 0.90 kW of electricity for every tonne per hour, compared to the property’s conventional cooling system which required 1.7 kW of energy every hour.
Construction work for the Emirates Towers District Cooling infrastructure included connecting the property to Empower’s district cooling plant serving Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), a task that proved to be extremely challenging but interesting, according to Bin Shafar.
“Empower’s District Cooling plant serving DIFC is across the street from the Emirates Towers and connection to Emirates Towers included building network using advanced ‘Non Destructive Road Crossing (NDRC)’ technology through micro-tunnelling in order to ensure that disturbance is avoided for traffic or commuters on one of the busiest roads in this area,” explained Bin Shafar.
The Emirates Towers retrofit is the first phase of a 30,000 RT project that includes the renovation of cooling systems of retail, residential and commercial Jumeirah Group properties that includes Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management and Madinat Jumeirah.
Empower, operates 1 million Refrigeration Tonne (RT) capacity including iconic real estate developments in Dubai like Jumeirah Group, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Healthcare City, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Palm Jumeirah, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Design District among others.