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Empower: 80% of world’s first automated cooling plant completed

Empower cooling plant

The $68 mn plant in Jumeirah Village Circle will use AI and has a capacity of 50,000 refrigeration tonnes

Emirates-based Empower has announced that it has completed 80 percent of the construction work of the world’s first unmanned and fully automated district cooling plant in Dubai. Constructed in Jumeirah village circle, the project is expected to cost around $68 million.

The first phase of the plant is expected to be operation-ready by the end of this year.

The plant, which has a capacity of 50,000 refrigeration tonnes, uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to monitor and adjust the inflow and outflow of chilled water. It also uses thermal energy storage technology to optimise its uses and the treated sewage effluent technology to protect the natural resources.

Speaking about the project, Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower told the media that, “The new cooling plant will be connected to Empower’s state-of-the-art Command Control Centre, which uses the Advanced SCADA system with a capacity to read two million units of data per minute, related to cooling towers, chillers, transformers, water supply, and more. The continuation in building the district cooling pipeline network in the Jumeirah Village area is also progressing, in parallel with the construction of the new plant.”

Last month Empower reported that the number of transactions performed through its e-payment platform increased by 16 percent during the first seven months of 2019 when compared to the same period last year. According to reports, around 290,000 transactions were completed during the period.

The company also announced that it has enabled bill payment service through Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank’s mobile application. Around 100,000 of Empower’s customers who have a bank account with Abu Dhabi Bank can now pay their bills through the bank’s mobile app without incurring additional charges.

Empower provides its services to various real estates projects such as Bluewaters, Jumeirah Group, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Palm Jumeirah, and Jumeirah Lake Towers.

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