HE Ahmad Bin Shafar says the award mirrors Empower’s global standing in innovation
The International District Energy Association (IDEA) has honoured Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, with the IDEA Innovation Award 2015, in recognition of its Centralized Metering Data Management System that manages more than 50,000 smart meters.
The company has received this award for the second time, a reflection of Empower’s high global standing in the field of innovation. The company won first Innovation Award of IDEA in 2013 for its ground-breaking TSE technology that saves millions of gallons of potable water at its plants.
The recognition came amidst the participation of a high-level delegation of Empower in the 106th International District Energy Association (IDEA) Annual Conference and Trade Show at Boston, U.S.A Empower delegation was led by HE Ahmad Bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer of the company.
Empower showcased its case study entitled “Centralized Metering Data Management System with 50,000 smart meters – Challenges and Solutions”. With the current number of existing meters installed and being maintained for end-users’ district cooling consumption, almost 33,304 meters are on-line and the number is set to surpass 50,000 meters by end of 2015.
“The award is in acknowledgement of Empower’s efforts towards optimum energy efficiency and reliability, higher customer satisfaction, accurate billings, and monitoring the optimum consumption of each building,” says Bin Shafar. “We thank IDEA for this honour which will encourage us to raise the bar even higher.”
“We take pride in being recognised as the most innovative company in this industry. This is the result of hard work over several years, focused on raising the standard of the District Cooling services in Dubai, and share our expertise with the world,” added Bin Shafar.
By implementing this project, several goals were achieved, including optimum plant production, instantaneous reporting of metering faults and immediate troubleshooting, high level of customer satisfaction, more accurate billing, less manual intervention, less use of manpower, more financial advantages and pro-environment practices.
“The major challenges that any district cooling company face are to maintain the efficiency of their meters and get accurate meter readings, early detection of faults, monitoring plant efficiency by monitoring the production of chilled water,” said Bin Shafar.
Some of the major challenges in implementing this project were the integration of various types of meters involved. Each meter should have the capability to communicate to the central database system, whereas communication protocol should be available in order to communicate in Control Room.
Empower currently operates more than 1 Million RT, providing environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments, such as Jumeirah Group, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Ibn Battuta Mall, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai World Trade Centre Residences and Dubai Design District, among others.