George Berbari, CEO at DC Pro Engineering in the United Arab Emirates, warns that district cooling technology is advancing at a much slower rate than competing HVAC applications and faces the "danger of stagnation."
Berbari, co-chair of the 2015 Middle East District Cooling Summit, said "newer and ultra-efficient HVAC systems pose a threat to district cooling in terms of better efficiency." He endorsed tri-generation district cooling – the simultaneous generation of electricity, heating and cooling from renewable resources – as a way forward for the industry.
The summit will be held Nov. 10-11 in Doha, Qatar. The theme is "The Future of Renewable in the District Cooling Sector - Feasibility and Cost Implications." Topics include thermal energy storage and energy efficiency; sustainability and the environment; treated sewage water vs. seawater for cooling; delta T optimization; and, of course, tri-generation systems.