16-17 October, Riyadh, KSA
Power security through district cooling and cogeneration systems
Power security is of critical importance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The cost for the generation and the transmission and distribution of power is on the rise. To add to the challenge, a rising population means an increase in consumption of power. This has strong implications for the economic security of the country.
Currently, a substantial percentage of the country’s daily crude oil production has to be used to generate power; according to some reports, close to 40% of daily production has to be used for domestic consumption, of which power generation constitutes a major chunk. Again, according to some reports, this figure is climbing by eight per cent a year, which is cause for concern.
Concerned by this, the Kingdom is coming up with a slew of renewable and alternative energy initiatives to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels for power generation. At the same time, it is also increasingly looking at the HVAC industry for solutions.
It is a well-documented fact that residential, commercial and mixed-use buildings account for a large share of the power consumption in Saudi Arabia. It is an equally well-established fact that HVAC systems consume nearly 70% of a building’s total power load. In short, the impact of HVAC systems is enormous.
In such a scenario, district cooling, and cogeneration systems, offer themselves as viable solutions to reduce the strain on the country’s power grid and, at the same time, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the reduced burning of fossil fuels. According to global historical data, district cooling can shave off HVACR-related power consumption by 50%. Add to that cogeneration systems, and the scenario is appealing.
While significant progress has been made in district cooling and cogeneration systems in the Kingdom and in the rest of the GCC, the stories of success need to be articulated to a wider audience, including key decision-makers, so that these systems find favour all over the Kingdom. Simply put, securing the nation’s power needs through a sustainable and long-term approach has as much to do with communicating and sharing key data, facts and models. And that is what The Climate Control Conference (C3) hopes to achieve.
C3 is a key offshoot of the region’s leading HVACR magazine, Climate Control Middle East. The magazine, as well as C3, enjoy the support and goodwill of a vast network of industry professionals. The two also tremendously benefit from a wealth of key knowledge and information gathered over the years covering the industry. C3 will leverage on this to produce a focused platform for discussion. Through case studies, presentations, panel discussions and audience interactions, participants will develop and formulate key strategies that will further the cause of district cooling and cogeneration.
B Surendar, Editorial Director
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Frédéric Paillé, Managing Director
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Mehwish Hilal, Events and Marketing Manager
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