DUBAI, UAE, 29 January 2024: Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation PJSC (Empower) announced that it joined hands with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to develop the third-generation District Cooling Systems through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Making the announcement through a Press release, Empower said that the signing ceremony took place during the ASHRAE Conference 2024, held in Chicago. Empower further said it marked a pivotal moment in the joint commitment to advancing the District Cooling sector through scientific study and innovation.
Under the MoU, Empower said, ASHRAE will oversee a research project initiated by Empower as part of the company’s commitments to enhance the District Cooling sector and drive the industry to unprecedented levels. Empower said that the research study aims to drive scientific advancements that will shape the future of District Cooling systems by leveraging the collective expertise of both organisations within a professional academic framework.
Empower said, the project to develop a third-generation District Cooling system is one of the most important outcomes of the company’s strategic roadmap, which aims to strengthen the global leadership of Empower and the UAE in the field of District Cooling, by implementing integrated and advanced infrastructure, leveraging sustainable ideas and solutions, and offering future plans that decision-makers to formulate policies for smart and sustainable cities.
The research study, Empower said, aims to investigate and analyse the emerging trends and advancements to identify the forthcoming generation of DC technology, specifically concentrating on transitioning from traditional, first and second-generation DC systems to innovative third-generation models. The study, Empower added, shall investigate the environmental merits of next-generation DC systems, with a particular emphasis on their heightened efficiency, AI-driven energy management, and consequent reductions in energy consumption. Furthermore, Empower said it would also assess how these systems can significantly contribute to international efforts to protect the planet and enhance sustainability by offering clean, sustainable, and environmentally friendly cooling solutions.
H.E. Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower, said: “Entering this new agreement stems from the organisation’s values derived from the spirit of Dubai, and its constant endeavour to harness scientific advancements to promote economic goals and a commitment to serving human communities. This dedication to progress also mirrors Empower’s founding principles. The MoU reflects Empower’s keenness to strengthen its strategic collaboration with international stakeholders, prestigious universities, academic institutions, and global research centres to conduct scientific research in the field of District Cooling, aiming to pioneer advanced, practical solutions that enhance energy-efficiency, indoor cooling services, contribute to sustainability efforts. The proposed research aims to invent entirely new cooling methods that eliminate the need for electricity conversion by directly utilising, storing, and transferring thermal energy, thereby addressing the challenges of climate change.”
For her part, Ginger Scoggins, President, ASHRAE, said: “ASHRAE’s collaboration with Empower underscores our joint commitment to advancing technology and sustainability within the District Cooling industry. Our goal is to use our collective expertise to conduct research, foster innovation and promote a sustainable and energy-efficient future.”