Thailand urged to adopt district cooling tech
DC Pro Engineering UAE’s George Berbari asserts that Thailand could greatly benefit from tri-generation district cooling technology
DC Pro Engineering UAE are urging Thailand authorities to consider the adoption of tri-generation district cooling technology.
In a country where 36.1% of electricity peak demand is attributed to air-conditioning requirements, the technology could save up to 100,000 barrels per day in Thai oil imports. The concept behind Tri-generation is defined as a process where instantaneous generation of electric power is synced with photovoltaic energy to create waste heat and produce cooling.
Speakig as part of the 4th Annual Asia-Pacific District Cooling Conference, George Berbari, CEO of DC Pro Engineering UAE, said: “With district cooling representing only a 1% market share in Thailand, the further use of Tri-generation district cooling technology can help reduce the country’s primary energy consumption by up to 80%.”
“Adopting this technology would cover 30% of Thailand’s energy requirement for air-conditioning,” he added.
The CEO went on to explain that the country’s current air-conditioning market requirement is 2mn refrigeration tonnes per year. Roughly 1.5mn room air conditioners consume 1.55mn refrigeration tonnes, while 50,000 package air conditioners consume 200,000 refrigeration tonnes. The remaining 250,000 refrigeration tonnes are utilised by 2,000 water cooled and air-cooled chillers.
Though the current drawback of tri-generation technology still utilises fossil fuels, Berbari did offer an approach to help solve the issue.
“This can be resolved by shifting to biofuels or integrating solar and wind energy solutions. District cooling integrated with renewables offers the world’s most cost-efficient cooling solution and is efficient for heightened energy storage, such as for thermal energy,” explained Berbari.
“The use of Tri-generation technology in district cooling systems will result in greater efficiency in natural gas applications, incurring savings of up to 75% per year. By adding renewable biodiesel and solar energy, savings could increase to 85% per year,” he concluded.