Empower endorses US district cooling manual

Empower endorses ASHRAE's DC design manual, says ME is a benchmark

Empower CEO Ahmad Bin Shafar.
Empower CEO Ahmad Bin Shafar.

The first district cooling design manual, which is being compiled by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and will be released globally in November 2011, has been endorsed by district cooling service provider Empower.

Empower announced its endorsement at the ASHARE 2011 Winter Conference in Nevada in the US. “The Gulf is in an advantageous position to lead the global district cooling sector because of its intensified use of district cooling round the year, in contrast to Western countries where district cooling is used only at certain time of the year,” said Empower CEO Ahmad Bin Shafar.

“We are delighted to be the only district cooling company in the world to endorse the ASHRAE guidelines for the design and building of plant rooms and distribution network for district cooling for the whole world.

“The Gulf region has sufficient resources and qualified people to achieve a leadership position on the district cooling map in the world. Transferring district cooling solutions from places like US to the Gulf does not take more than few months.

“This gives us access to latest international technology, as well as an opportunity to adopt best practices for the benefit of customers in the Middle East,” said Shafar. 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.

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