Empower replaces cooling system in Emirates Towers
Empower has completed the first phase of a project aimed at retrofitting cooling systems across a number of the Jumeirah Group's properties.
District cooling service provider Empower has announced that it has connected its services to the Emirates Towers.\
Replacing the existing air cooled system of both the Emirates Office Tower and Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Empower’s district cooling system provides a total capacity of 6,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT).
This is the first phase of a 30,000 RT project that will see the retrofit of cooling systems across a number of retail, residential, and commercial properties of the Jumeirah Group. These include the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Madinat Jumeirah.
HE Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower said: “Building a green economy for sustainable development is a key pillar in the country’s roadmap to development under Vision 2021 and we are fully committed to achieving this goal.”
He added: “The conversion from traditional cooling to district cooling for this capacity is the first of its kind in Dubai and has set the benchmark for other developments utilizing traditional systems of cooling.”
The system will utilise 0.90 kW of electricity for every tonne per hour. Compared to the property’s conventional cooling which required 1.7 kW of power every hour, Empower’s system is expected to save approximately 80% in energy costs.
Part of the construction work for the Emirates Towers’ district cooling infrastructure, involved connecting the property to Empower’s district cooling plant overseeing the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Currently, Empower operates over one million refrigeration tonnes across the UAE.