Key Topics

  • The policies and technologies at our disposal that can help reduce primary energy use by 70%… a realistic goal
  • How District Cooling can contribute to 2021, and reduction of primary energy per capita; key learnings from Singapore
  • Towards 27% clean energy by 2021, with 1.5 gigawatt of solar energy in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and also nuclear energy
  • How much spare capacity does Dubai have, and what needs to be done with solar energy integration.
  • Indeed, should not the District Cooling industry be part of the solar boom?
  • What would it take for a District Cooling utility to invest in 100-200 MW of solar PV? What is the mechanism involved?
  • A study on solar: 100 MW solar PV will save 40 million AED a year for a utility. For gaining 140 MW, the utility would need to cover 20% of energy usage through solar PV, and it could save the utility 60 million AED a year.
  • Plantroom optimisation… the roadmap to reach 0.77 kW/ 0TR, compared to 0.9kW/TR.
  • Natural Gas: A need for inter-trade in the GCC region, and the wisdom of sending gas to trigen schemes to save 60% of primary energy.
  • The new realities: Combined Cycle yield of 600MW using a single turbine. Surpassing 60% efficiency in combined cycle schemes. Achieving 87% efficiency through supplying 300 MW to District Energy schemes.
  • By extension, tapping from a steam turbine and giving tripleeffect absorption chiller, reaching unprecedented conversion of heat in cooling energy… a paradigm shift to free cooling.
  • Can turbine inlet air cooling be adopted at a larger scale, thanks to free cooling becoming available? Will that take us to a point where we are saving 60-70% of primary energy?
  • What are we doing to integrate TES in old plants? If precious little, why not?
  • What is the national plan to utilise the spare capacity? Can we develop a city-wide grid? Did the power industry succeed in citywide power network? Yes. So why is District Cooling not going in that direction? Do we need a natural umbrella to establish a thermal grid. Maybe we need a new entity.
  • Is District Cooling waiting for regulation, or will it undertake selfregulation?
  • End-user perspective: What are building owners and tenants saying?
  • Denmark country focus: Profile of Hofor District Energy utility company, and end-user perspective
  • China country focus: How District Cooling is being applied in cities in China