District Cooling is not an indulgence, it is a necessity

District Cooling is not an indulgence, it is a necessity

Ever wondered what a city like Doha would look like if each building had its own individual diesel generator, producing electricity? Imagine a thick gray cloud hovering over the city, masking the daylight and causing an abundance of carbon dioxide pollution, putting Qatar’s carbon footprint amongst the highest. Unsightly buildings and the constant presence of diesel tanks generating traffic and carbon dioxide and skyrocketing expenditures for operations, maintenance and replacements. Unimaginable? The importance of power distribution companies is evident, and a necessity, particularly for real estate developers in the planning stage. Without power distribution companies our cities would be environmental threats decreasing the country’s economy in the process.

Mohannad Khader Director Business Development

Governments realizes the importance of centralizing the power generation and distribution, therefore, the electrical power tariffs are subsidized, helping real estate developers and end users afford such services. Developers are not only required to connect to the power distribution, they are mandated to reduce the electrical power demand, reducing the load on the substations and therefore optimizing the use of valuable natural resources. Research on the applicability of the renewable energy solutions such as solar and wind have undergone several experiments, yet district cooling remains on the sidelines for consideration. One of the means to reduce the electrical power demand in a city, is to use district cooling by generating the chilled water for air conditioning services. District Cooling is developing and advancing rapidly in the region. It is going through the same steps of electrical power evolution. One day, someone will ask a similar question to electrical power; what do you think a city like Doha would look like if each building had its own chiller or split unit? It is worth analyzing the actual data surrounding the operations of a district cooling system to determine the cooling energy consumption, through the power consumption to generate the energy and the water required for operations. The data will reflect the energy consumption of a building using district cooling versus a building using conventional cooling. Review of such data would benefit the government’s decision on whether district cooling is the optimum cooling service for the sustainability of the country, economic growth and energy conservation. The benefits outweigh the infrastructure costs of district cooling, there should be no hesitation to mandate district cooling for all dense areas with support in subsidizing the costs, like electricity and water. Air conditioning is not a luxury, it is a necessity, therefore district cooling needs to be viewed as a service to the society and not an indulgent option. Conventional cooling would cost the government 220 million Qatari Riyal if it was used to produce 3 billion TR-HR, which was the cooling energy produced by Qatar Cool over the past twelve years. This equates to the production of 1 billion KG of CO2, which is the same as adding 210,000 cars to the roads. You would need 16 million trees to off-set the carbon emissions produced by conventional cooling. What was considered in 2006 as theories when District Cooling commenced in Doha, can now be measured against actual data, which will help any decision maker to form an accurate opinion about the viability of district cooling in a climate like Qatar’s. We are confident that the numbers are in favor of the government, city urban planners, the environment, the economists, and the end users. District Cooling merits the support from all parties. With the recently announced approved draft law regulating the works and services of district cooling, district cooling may have the desirable opportunity to become a controlled and mandated for certain developments ensuring the implementation of sustainable technology and safeguarding Qatar.

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