Global pioneers in the district cooling sector will be in Dubai, UAE this December to discuss ways to develop effective energy for smarter cities in the region at a major industry summit being hosted by UAE-based Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower).
The 8th edition of International District Energy Association (IDEA) conference will be held from December 9 to 11 at Atlantis, The Palm.
The event will see experts shed light on various developments in district cooling systems and projects, said a statement from Empower.
The conference is an opportunity to share experiences and practices on innovative solutions in district cooling. It also reflects the role of the UAE in supporting sustainable development in the region and the world, and its efforts in district cooling, which has become an essential part of planning and designing modern buildings, especially in areas with warmer climates, it stated.
As part of hosting the conference, Empower has started to mobilize logistics and operations including preparing its plant room in Palm Jumeirah Crescent to welcome international delegations participating in the event. The delegates will be visiting this plant as part of the technical tour on the last day of the conference, it added.
On the upcoming event, Empower CEO Ahmad bin Shafar said: "The participating teams and entities are actively preparing to welcome this important international event and make it a success. Hosting this conference for the third time in Dubai reflects the emirate’s success in protecting the environment and combating climate change using innovative district cooling systems and solutions."
"The UAE utilizes district cooling to prepare to face the future, in line with the sustainable development goals, the UAE Vision 2021, and the UAE National Agenda," stated Bin Shafar.
"The conference aims to promote the concept of smart cities besides focusing on energy efficiency in smart cities, the role of district cooling systems in conserving natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions," he added.
The IDEA event will include workshops and lectures, in addition to the accompanying tradeshow, which reviews the most advanced district cooling solutions, and a technical tour to Empower plant in Palm Jumeirah Crescent.
The delegates will also visit the Atlantis Hotel’s District Cooling Energy Transfer Station set up for the iconic Aquarium that houses thousands of marine animals, and filtration room, showcasing how the district cooling serves to maintain the Aquarium with its temperature requirements of various species. The Atlantis Aquarium is first-of-its kind, using district cooling served by Empower.