Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, recently signed a contract with the Museum of the Future to provide 2,459 refrigeration tons (RT) of district cooling capacity. The agreement reflects the positive reception and increasing interest of the property sector in investing in environmental sustainability as a key factor to improve growth, and underscores the economic advantage of adopting district cooling in real estate development.
Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower, said: “A hub for the future of humanity is being built right here in Dubai. Providing the Museum of the Future with a sustainable cooling solution is in line with the UAE’s sustainability agenda and Empower will ensure that the air-conditioning requirements of the technology center will meet the highest international standards. It is part of Empower’s DNA to support such projects as the future is in sustainability and the successful completion of this project would pave the way for many innovative projects – including those that will optimize our natural resources to dramatically improve our ways of doing business and lifestyles.”
Groomed to become the incubator for futuristic innovation and designs, the Museum of the Future was launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as a platform to showcase and experiment on the latest inventions from startups and global technology champions. It will also test human capabilities and limitations in developing long-term development solutions to the challenges facing future cities.
The project which is built at the heart of Dubai’s business district near the Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, will gather selected researchers, inventors, research centers, companies and funders under one roof. Upon completion, the project will house innovation laboratories for health, education, smart cities, energy, and transport and will be a permanent museum of future innovations in all sectors, highlighting sustainable development.
Empower supplies district cooling to a wide scope of buildings that ranges from residential buildings to hospitals, educational institutions, hotels, hotels, commercial and retail buildings, institutes etc. By adding Museum of Future to its portfolio, Empower is now able to meet the varied cooling requirements of specialised and tailor-made buildings and structures, as well as the peak-load requirements of such buildings.
District cooling is the most preferred and ecologically-efficient air conditioning alternative based on centralized management of cooling facilities for buildings or master-planned communities. The United Nations has enlisted district cooling as one of the top six energy efficiency accelerators that could help cities significantly cut their carbon footprint.
Empower provides environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments such as Jumeirah Group properties, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Ibn Battuta Mall, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai World Trade Centre Residences, and Dubai Design District, among others.