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Qatar Cool gears up for IDEA Conference

The November 7-9 Doha event will focus on greener buildings, smarter grid

| | Oct 15, 2010 | 11:39 am
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The November 7-9 Doha event will focus on greener buildings, smarter grid

Qatar Cool, the district cooling provider for the Pearl Island of Qatar, is gearing up for the build-up to the International District Energy Association’s (IDEA) 5th International District Cooling Conference and Trade Show in Doha, from November 7 to 9 (see related stories in supplement: DCQ). Qatar Cool is the host of the show.

This is IDEA’s first event in Qatar and its fifth in the Middle East, with last year’s conference being held in Dubai. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with IDEA business partners during the trade show, where vendors and suppliers will showcase the latest district energy technologies and equipment, the announcement added.

According to the organisers, the theme of the 2010 conference – District Cooling: Greener Buildings, Smarter Grid – emphasises the advantages of district cooling systems, which improve building energy efficiency while reducing the economic and environmental strain on the regional power grid.

The agenda for the conference’s technical session includes a combination of panel discussions, addresses, and peer-to-peer exchanges, providing multiple outlets for district-cooling industry leaders to gather and share insights on the growing role of district cooling in building greener communities and smarter electric grid, said IDEA. Key session topics include, Modelling, Managing, and Maximising Energy Efficiency of District-Cooling Systems, Cooling Water Strategies, Sustainability, and Stewardship, and Master Community Planning, Infrastructure Design and Implementation, IDEA added.

Also included in the conference programme is a luncheon address by the Honourable Joseph Evan LeBaron, the US Ambassador to Qatar, who will also present the Export Achievement Award, stated the announcement.

Through the news release, the principal host and sponsor of the conference, Qatar Cool, has invited conference attendees to attend the inauguration of, what it claims to be the world’s largest district cooling facility, in Doha, on November 9.

Qatar Cool’s plant will supply 130,000 tonnes of chilled water daily to cool more than 15,000 structures and provide comfort to the 40,000 Pearl Island residents, the announcement elaborated.

For additional information about the conference and trade show, visit http://www.districtenergy.org/.

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