Key Topics

  • The factors helping District Cooling and the ones restricting District Cooling: A region-wise comparison
  • The season of acquisitions: Why is District Cooling in the UAE suddenly lucrative to foreign investors?
  • Regulation regimes across the GCC region in governing the proper deployment of District Cooling services, protecting the interests of multiple stakeholders
  • The benefits of new regulations on District Cooling established by the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy. The requirements the regulations place on District Cooling owners.
  • District Cooling in Abu Dhabi: A success story, in the context of the fact that it is cheaper for end-users, with utility rate (30 fils/kW) being higher for individuals than getting cooling through District Cooling (at a cost of 20 fils/kW). What the world can learn from a regime that is inviting minimal complaints from end-users from a pricing point of view.
  • What needs to be done to establish District Cooling as the mainstream approach or backbone of the GCC region’s energy-planning drive?
  • The role of solar, geothermal and nuclear energy, and waste heat in accelerating the march towards decarbonising the economy.
  • Energy mix: The positive implications of the upcoming nuclear plant on energy stability in Abu Dhabi. How can nuclear energy be integrated with the rising use of solar energy. With nuclear energy as the base load and solar as the intermittent load, what role can District Cooling – and TES – play in filling the gap and providing stability to the grid?
  • Financial modelling and technological approaches in ensuring uptake of solar energy and the use of natural gas in District Cooling schemes? Is 30% solar for powering schemes far-fetched or a reality, given expected technological advances?
  • Enhancement in water desalination and wastewater recycling efforts, in the context of increasing salinity in treated sewage effluent (TSE), owing to seepage of underground saline water into the sewage network.
  • Irrigation or District Cooling: Which ought to get more of the available TSE? Weighing options by ascertaining which of the two provides higher economic and environmental benefits.
  • Restricting the sending of blowdown to sewage, and the resultant shift towards air-cooled systems. Implications surrounding the use of air-cooled systems in terms of building efficiency; the need to ensure energy-water-environment balance
  • The alternative of using greywater to be able to deploy water-cooled systems
  • Addressing brine disposal and other environmental issues arising out of desalination and other potable water-generating measures and approaches
  • Addressing idle capacity in District Cooling schemes, and possible commercial and technological challenges – including hydraulic balancing – in a scenario of interconnecting reticulation networks of multiple District Cooling utility companies. How the government can take a lead in interconnecting networks in the national interest