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3rd International District Cooling Conference to address Middle East energy and environmental trends in infrastructure

United Arab Emirates: Thursday, October 16 - 2008 @ 13:09

Organized by the International District Energy Association (IDEA) Middle East Chapter and hosted by City Cool L.L.C., the third installment of the convention will cover energy and environmental trends such as global climate change, water and power conservation, sustainable system design and optimisation and the impact on large urban and mixed-use developments. The conference, attracting international and regional prominent business leaders in the rapidly-growing district energy sector, will also highlight the release of the IDEA District Cooling Best Practice Guide.

The District Cooling Best Practice Guide covers a full range of technical and business issues for participants in the district cooling industry including plant design and construction techniques, options for network piping systems, customer building interface approaches, controls and measurement schemes and many other practical solutions. The Best Practice Guide was written and peer-reviewed by IDEA members representing thousands of man-hours of collective industry contributions and decades of practical business operations experience.

This year’s conference will examine current market conditions and discuss future trends for the district cooling industry in the Middle East region, such as the growing importance of water conservation and electricity grid management and the integration of combined heat and power for desalination and district cooling systems. Conference presenters will discuss sea water technologies, water reclamation techniques and other infrastructure solutions that can maximize the energy efficiency and sustainability of larger community systems that are sprouting up all over the Middle East.

“Across the Middle East, massive real estate investment is causing a dramatic increase in the demand for water and power. The region’s real estate boom and the hot climate are the main drivers behind the massive growth of district cooling industry,”

said Rita Chahoud, Executive Director, IDEA Middle East Chapter.

“District cooling systems have become the preferred infrastructure solution, especially now that most government leaders and developers are advocating more sustainable energy techniques to optimise energy efficiency and conserve natural resources. Through this conference, industry professionals will be able to learn valuable and practical information directly related to building, owning and operating highly reliable district cooling systems that set the stage for a more sustainable city,” she added.

A variety of innovative district cooling systems have been implemented around the globe, including direct lake and ocean water cooling systems in places like Hawaii, Toronto, Helsinki, and Cornell University. Conference participants will also discuss the advantages of combined heat and power and thermal storage as electricity rates are updated to reflect real time pricing and time of day operations. In the USA, district cooling providers have been adapting advanced dispatch and controls and are using web-based metering and customer management systems to maximise opportunities to reduce peak electricity demands. These innovations are likely to be implemented in the Middle East.

An enviable line-up of speakers including Dr. Salem Al Dhaheri, Director General, Federal Environmental Agency; IDEA President Robert Thornton; City Cool CEO Fouad Younan; and Dany Safi, Special Advisor to Tabreed Board of Directors will discuss a range of topics including the importance of robust energy infrastructure for sustainable development and strategies for district energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the risks of climate change. The Leading cooling providers from the Middle East and around the world will be participating in focused technical sessions.

This is the third major conference organised by IDEA’s Middle East Chapter and so far participants from more than 25 countries have registered. The IDEA Middle East Chapter has more than 160 members including representatives from Amana, City Cool, DC Pro Engineering, Evapco, FVB, Palm District Cooling, PAL Technologies, Perma Pipe, Stanley, Stellar, TAS, Trane, and Tabreed and its numerous subsidiaries and many more leading companies.

In addition to a strong technical programme, IDEA is pleased to welcome over 50 companies exhibiting products and services that support the industry. Seating is limited and on-site registration may be restricted once attendance capacity is met.

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