How a Desert City Provided the U.S. Dept. of Energy With Some Interesting Information
It’s important to stay cool in Qatar because it can get uncomfortably hot there, particularly during the summer months. Temperatures in this incredibly wealthy Persian Gulf state regularly soar well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit from around May through to September. In fact, many expats and tourists alike find great difficulty adjusting to the hot and humid summer heat.
Driving in and around Doha, Qatar’s capital city of just under 2 million people, is another aspect of daily life which causes expats more than just the odd headache or two. The insane levels of traffic are almost guaranteed to send the blood pressure rocketing, unless emotions are kept firmly in check. But all that aside, there are also huge compensations for the thousands of expats living and working in Qatar, not least the excellent personal banking services to take care of the mega salaries on offer!
Keeping cool in Qatar is serious business. Actually, for the Qatar District Cooling Company, better known as Qatar Cool, it really is their business. For the company provides parts of Doha with district cooling, a utility service which pumps chilled water into residential, industrial and commercial buildings for air conditioning purposes.
Recently, the company played host to a delegation from the United States Department of Energy and the International District Energy Association (IDEA).
The delegates included senior policy adviser Katrina Pielli from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy, IDEA president and CEO Robert Thornton, and IDEA chairman and director of Global Industrial Chillers at Johnson Controls Joseph Brillhart.
Qatar Cool senior executives guided the visitors on a tour of the company’s award-winning plant-1 in West Bay as well as the Integrated District Cooling Plant (IDCP) on The Pearl-Qatar, considered to be the largest district cooling plant in the world.
During the visit, a Qatar Cool representative said that the IDEA had played a key role in promoting energy efficiency and environmental quality, as well as in spreading awareness about district cooling technologies around the world.
The spokesman added, “Being affiliated with the IDEA has not only helped Qatar Cool in staying on the cutting edge of district cooling technology, but also gave it its rightful position among the leading district cooling providers in the world.
District cooling, which was first introduced in the 19th century as a scheme to distribute clean, cool air to houses through underground pipes, contributes to the well-being of the environment by reducing the carbon footprint.
Katrina Pielli explained, “District cooling systems can be up to 30% to 60% more energy efficient than conventional cooling systems. By consuming less energy, district cooling plants reduce the amount of CO2 emitted to the environment.”
Throughout their visit, the delegates were impressed by the level of dedication to environmentally friendly technologies and practices displayed by Qatar Cool.
Robert Thornton said, “The state-of-the-art facilities along with the level of know-how at the Integrated District Cooling Plant on The Pearl-Qatar are certainly a testament to the relentless efforts put in by Qatar Cool to achieve operational excellence in the industry.”