Posted on November 11, 2014

The 6th Annual Middle East District Cooling Summit, a two- day event endorsed by Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) and being organized by Fleming Gulf was inaugurated today by KAHRAMAA’s Director, Electricity Network, Eng. Abdullah Ali Abdullah Al Theyab amidst the presence of a large number of senior functionaries from KAHRAMAA and from participating organizations. The importance of today’s cutting-edge district cooling technologies towards an increasingly global focus on building a sustainable future was underscored through the valuable insights from some of the foremost industry experts during the first day of the 6th Annual Middle East District Cooling Summit attended by 25 speakers and more than 300 delegates from Qatar and the region.

The two-day event is being held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha until tomorrow Saturday, 11 November 2014. With this year’s theme of ‘Exploring innovative cooling technologies for a sustainable future’, the Summit started off with an Opening Remarks by Salah Nezar, Sustainability Director, Qatar Project Management (QPM) and one of the Summit’s Co-Chair, an Inaugural Address by Eng. Abdullah Ali Abdullah Al Theyab, Director Electricity Network at Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), a Keynote Address delivered by His Excellency Ahmad M. Bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer of Empower UAE, and an Opening Keynote Presentation by Eng. Jamal Alderbasty, Head of Permit District Cooling Services Dept., Kahramaa.

These were then followed by a Qatar Cool Keynote on ‘District Cooling In Practice’ delivered by Nahar Al Mutawah, Vice President, Operations & Services, Qatar Cool, and a Keynote Presentation on ‘Solar Outdoor Cooling In Qatar As New Reality’ by Mr. Nezar. In talking about Qatar Cool’s experience, Mr. Al Mutawah recommended that in order to ensure smooth design and operations of district cooling plants, there should be proper testing and balancing for HVAC to meet design conformance, right equipment must be installed, there must be support from Services provider for best optimization, there should be continuous condition-based maintenance programs, and that there should also be regulations to establish Incentives and encouragement.

6th Annual Middle East District Cooling 2 [].jpg“The speeches, presentations and discussions on the first day of the 6th Annual Middle East District Cooling Summit has confirmed how the extreme warm weather conditions in this part of the world require huge amounts of energy to power air-conditioning systems – whether for industrial and business centre needs or for home use,” said Ranjith Paul, Managing Director of Fleming Gulf, one of the leading providers of business intelligence through industry specific conferences, webinars and skills enhancement training courses and organisers of market-leading conferences across the GCC. “In addition, traditional air-conditioning units and cooling systems also cause severe damage to the environment without any benefit of producing any by-product or other forms of energy that can be put to good use.

“From today’s highly informative presentations and discussions, the advantages of cutting-edge and innovative district cooling technologies as a better alternative was clearly emphasised,” he added. “Being the most authoritative gathering of regional and global experts for cooling and tri-generation, more presentations that support this position have also been lined-up on the second and last day of the event. Thus, I am confident that after this Summit, the implementation of today’s district cooling technologies and innovations will certainly gain more ground and favorable action in the region.”

The first day of the Summit also had a ‘Leaders & Stakeholders’ Panel’ discussion on ‘District Cooling Evolution & Future’. The moderator was Mr. Nezar and the distinguished members of the panel included His Excellency Ahmad M. Bin Shafar; Isaa Qandeel, Vice President Development at Qatar Cool; Dominic McPolin, Chief Planning Officer of the Central Planning Office, Ministry of Works of Bahrain; Robert Miller, Technical Specialist District Cooling, Marafeq Qatar; and George Berbari, Chief Executive Officer, DC Pro Engineering, UAE and the Summits’ other Co-Chair.

This followed by a presentation on ‘Control of Thermal Energy Storage in District Cooling Plants’ by Ammar S. Hammad, Director of Vista Automation UAE, and Mr. McPolin’s DC Regulation Keynote on ‘Why Governments Appear To Be Reluctant To Regulate District Cooling As Part Of The Energy Management Equation?’. On the other hand, Mr. Berbari’s DC Technology Keynote focused on the topic ‘Is The Current Applied District Cooling Technology Outdated?’, while Jim Phene, Director of Business Development for Europe, Middle East & Africa of LAKOS Separators and Filtration Systems, USA’s discussed about ‘GCC Filtration Lessons Learned’.

6th Annual Middle East District Cooling 3 [].jpgAfter the prayer break and lunch reception, Eng. Abdallah O. Bdeir, Chairman and Head of Technical Development Committee & Member of the Founding Board of the Jordan Green Building Council’s explained about the ‘Effective Implementation of Green Building Strategies in Buildings’. Also,  Dr. Eng. Abdel Hakim Hassabou, Research Scientist for Solar Energy at the Qatar Energy & Energy Research Institute (QEERI) elaborated on the topic ‘Towards an Environmentally Sustainable District Cooling in Hot Arid Climates’, while Dr. Saud Abdul Ghani, Head of the Mechanical and Industrial Department of Qatar University talked about the ‘Challenges facing District Cooling integration in Qatar’.

Following a brief break for afternoon coffee and networking, Tristan Robert, Deputy President, Sales & Marketing Director at Cryogel, France made a presentation on ‘Optimizing District Cooling Design Using Thermal Energy Storage’. Towards the end of the first day of the Summit, the second and final panel discussion focused on the topic of ‘Smart Grid Networks with District Cooling’ and was participated in by Dr. Bdeir, Dr. Eng. Hassabou, Dr. Ghani and Mr. Hammad. After the closing remarks from the chair of the Summit, an evening networking and cocktail reception was also held.

The official partners of the Summit are Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) as Endorsing Partner; Qatar Cool as Official Host and Headline Sponsor; Lakos Separators and Filtration Solutions, as the Official Filtration & Separation Partner; Fafco, as the Official Thermal Energy Storage Partner; Qatar Green Building Council as the Green Building Partner; Marafeq Qatar as the Platinum Multi-Utility Partner; and QPM as the Project Management Partner.

The Gold Sponsors of the event include Elips Empower Logstor LLC, Cryogel, Future Pipe Industries (FPI), Vista Automation, Kamstrup, Honeywell, and SAIA BURGESS CONTROLS (sbc). Also, the events’ Silver Sponsor is RSS, Bronze Sponsors are NOREVA, Leminar Air Conditioning Company, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies and Expect…AVR. Meanwhile, the events’ Exhibition Partner is Al Emadi Solar, Official Freight Partner is Kinetic Event Logistics, and Association Partners are Euroheat & Power, World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) and Cleon Energy Business Council. Furthermore, the events’ Associate Partners are Desmi, Faisal Jassim Trading Co. LLC, DCServe, Grundfos and Field Industrial Supplies. The Official Business Magazine of the event is ‘the edge’.

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