Outdoor cooling viable, but challenging
Doha, November 28, 2013
Outdoor district cooling solution is viable, while it also quite challenging, said an expert at the fifth Annual Middle East District Cooling Summit, which concluded in Doha today (November 28).
A presentation on ‘Innovative Cooling for Green Thinking’ detailed discussions on why there is a need for outdoor cooling in Qatar, passive solutions layout, solar cooling solution outlines, and the challenges and opportunities.
It noted the architectural and landscape aspects of the solution are as important as the engineering approach and that solar radiation mitigation is the most important factor in minimising heat gain.
Regional and global experts addressed the summit for cooling and tri-generation in the region, with the attendance of more than 300 participants and delegates comprising high ranking company officials and technology experts from across 20 countries.
George Berbari, chief executive officer of DC Pro Engineering, UAE and chairman of the summit, said: “With experts from the region and all over the world having presented and discussed the benefits of district cooling, this summit has made governments more aware of the significance of district cooling in curbing power demand increases and its positive impact on the environment and national resources.
“Already, Dubai has implemented strict regulations for district cooling and Kahramaa has established a dedicated district cooling division that has mandated the use of non-desalinated water, along with plans of introducing new and important district cooling regulations.
The summit tacked topics such as tri-generation – DC regulations and industry insights for innovative cooling, technology focus and solutions in district cooling methodologies, and renewable energy and alternative sources and metering technology.
Other presentations included ‘tri-generation integrated with renewable energy will be at the leading edge of sustainable and economically feasible future technologies.’
Panel discussions included ‘Alternative Water Sources for District Cooling’ and ‘Solar Energy for DC in GCC Countries: Techno-Economic Potential.’ - TradeArabia News Service