Empower: World's first unmanned district cooling plant 80% ready

District cooling firm says the fully automated and AI-powered facility will see Phase 1's operational launch by end-2019

Empower's AI-powered district cooling plant in Dubai.
Empower's AI-powered district cooling plant in Dubai.

District cooling services provider Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) announced that construction on its artificial intelligence-powered (AI) Jumeirah Village district cooling plant – touted as the world’s first unmanned and fully automated facility of its kind – was 80% complete, with Phase 1 operations to begin by the end of 2019. 

Empower said the plant would have a total capacity of 50,000 refrigeration tons (RT) upon full completion.

The plant will use AI to monitor and adjust the inflow and outflow of chilled water, in tandem with thermal energy storage technology to optimise usage during on- and off-peak hours, and treated sewage effluent systems to protect natural resources.

Commenting on the project, Empower chief executive officer, Ahmed bin Shafar, said: “The new cooling plant will be connected to Empower’s Command Control Centre (CCC), which is using the Advanced Scada system with the capacity to read two million data items per minute related to cooling towers, chillers, transformers, water supply, and so on.

"The continuation of constructing the district cooling pipeline network in Jumeirah Village area is also progressing in parallel with the construction of the new plant.”

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