Empower off to US to review first DC design manual

Empower to review progress on first draft of new ASHRAE manual.

Empower CEO Ahmad Bin Shafar spearheaded the delegation.
Empower CEO Ahmad Bin Shafar spearheaded the delegation.

A delegation from Empower, the largest district cooling service provider in the region, has left for the US to review the first district cooling design manual being compiled by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Empower is the only district cooling company in the world afforded the opportunity to review the first draft of the ASHRAE design manual for district cooling systems.

ASHRAE lauded Empower for initiating the idea behind the design manual, and providing the necessary impetus for the realisation of the project.

A delegation from Empower led by CEO Ahmad Bin Shafar, and consisting of chief operation and maintenance officer Tariq Alyasi and senior engineering manager Moustapha Assayed, will discuss the progress of the manual, and also visit the ASHARE 2011 Winter Conference taking place in Nevada from 29 January to 2 February.

“Empower is proud to spearhead a strategic move to establish ASHRAE guidelines for the design and building of plant rooms and distribution network for the district cooling for the whole world,” said Bin Shafar.

“The district cooling industry is growing very rapidly in Dubai and in the region itself. Unfortunately, there are no guidelines for the design and building of a plantroom. Prior to these guidelines, it was left to the consultants to use their own guidelines.

“If we want to be leaders, we have to do something that would be helpful to the industry at a global level. This initiative is not only for the benefit of Empower, but for the industry as a whole.”

Bin Shafar explained that the aim was to prepare a design manual for district cooling systems, with 50% of the first draft delivered on 31 October 2009. The chapter on ‘End-user Interface’ was completed on 15 January 2010.

The manual will be an additional stand-alone publication that includes thorough coverage of planning, design, and operation issues relevant to district cooling applications in all regions of the world, including the Middle East.

The design manual will include the following sections: Introduction/Overview, System Planning & Design, Design Criteria, System Architecture, End-User Interface, Central Plant, Thermal Storage, Distribution Systems, Instrumentation & Control, Operation & Maintenance, Advanced Topics, Case Studies ad References/Appendices.

“The new guidelines will provide a model for optimal design of district cooling systems, based on a number of field studies of both existing and new distribution systems,” said Bin Shafar.

The preparation of the manual was broken into three major tasks: gathering background information, developing a detailed outline for the manual and preparing the manual.

“The ASHRAE guidelines will go beyond personal ideologies via generalising international standards for everyone in the industry, and it is a matter of pride for the entire district cooling industry in the UAE that Empower is part of this move,” concluded Bin Shafar.

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