Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, announced on Monday the start of full-fledged commercial operations at the world’s first unmanned district cooling plant at Jumeirah Village Circle in Dubai.

The third generation 49,000 Refrigeration Tonnes (RT)-capacity plant will ultimately serve 82 buildings by the end of 2020, the company said in a press statement. The plant currently serves the residents of 52 buildings with a total cooling capacity of 38,000 RT.

The new plant, regarded as a one-of-its-kind in the world, will be the first in a series of unmanned district cooling plants that Empower is planning to develop with the aim of achieving energy savings and keeping pace with the growing demand for eco-friendly cooling services.

Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said the company’s “adoption and continuous development of innovative solutions and technologies in the performance of its tasks” is in line with the vision of Dubai’s leadership to create a better future for future generations.

The JVC plant incorporates the latest technologies in district cooling systems, including Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology, which helps reducing the burden on the grid during peak hours, and the use of Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) to conserve potable water. Further, the plant would be connected to the company’s advanced Command Control Centre (CCC).

Empower provides district cooling services to over 1,180 buildings and 120,000 customers, with a total cooling capacity of 1,530,000 Refrigeration Tons (RT).

(Writing by Madhura Deulgaonkar; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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