Cooling your home: How to connect residential buildings to district cooling? (Webinar) - 29.05.2019

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Demand for space cooling is set to rise to 30% of buildings’ electricity demand by 2050 with nearly 70% of the increase coming from the residential sector (IEA, The Future of Cooling, 2018). In both developed and developing countries, such cooling demand will bring numerous benefits to the economy and our health, but will have profound impacts on the environment and power system unless we shift from business-as-usual technologies. Governments around the world are turning to district cooling to provide the highest efficiency cooling available in urban areas, while simultaneously unlocking large scale thermal storage and phasing out climate-warming refrigerants.

However, up to now district cooling globally has largely focused on connecting non-residential buildings even though it offers huge potential for cooling our homes. So why is this and what are the barriers to connecting our homes? How can the industry increase connections to residential buildings? And what would this look like in a country such as India, where cities are growing fast, AC ownership is soaring and the interest for district cooling is increasing rapidly? Join us in this webinar as we hear from global experts from Portugal, China, India and the UAE on the opportunity, the barriers and the solutions for scaling up residential district cooling.

Panelists

Short Bio:
Aristeidis Tsakiris is a Mechanical Engineer with a MSc in Sustainable Energy from DTU (Technical University of Denmark). Aristeidis started his career at a small consultancy company focused on energy efficient projects in the Balkans and Baltic areas. Now he is working as a Programme Officer at Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2) trying to accelerate energy efficiency policies to emerging and developing economies. His main areas of expertise are: Energy savings in the building sector, Energy Efficiency in the transport sector, Development of Energy Efficiency Knowledge Management Systems.
Short Bio:
Benjamin is regional advisor for Asia and Europe at the UN Environment-led District Energy in Cities Initiative and directly advises Indian cities and government on best practice technology, policy and business models to scale-up district cooling. Benjamin joined UN Environment in 2014 from an energy consulting background and was initially based in the Initiative’s secretariat in Paris helping the Initiative grow to support 14 countries worldwide today. Benjamin has now transitioned to UN Environment’s Delhi office to expand the Initiative’s efforts in India and the region. Benjamin has a background in renewable energy policy, financing and market modelling and a BA in Physics an MSc in Environmental Technology and Energy Policy.
Business Development Manager
Short Bio:
Tabreed including its shareholders jointly are the largest District Cooling/Heating providers globally with a presence in over 23 countries. Tabreed’s current portfolio comprises of 74 district cooling plants operating and serving over 1.1 million RT of cooling across the Gulf countries, developed over past 20 years. Tabreed is a publicly listed company with Mubadala and Engie (being the two largest shareholders. Bakulesh has worked for Tabreed for eight years, moving from Corporate Finance to Regional Asset management and since five years as a Business Developer. With Tabreed’s strategy for developing international markets, Bakulesh has been assigned to develop the Indian market for district cooling and was instrumental in securing India’s 1st District Cooling project on PPP basis for Amaravati Government Complex earlier this year.
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Vikram Murthy is the National President of ISHRAE (Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) and has 44 years of experience in the HVAC industry. Vikram is also the director of Univac Environment Systems Pvt Ltd for Unitary and applied HVAC Products & Systems and a Trustee of the Tropical Air conditioning & Refrigeration Institute for Training HVAC & Refrigeration Professionals and HVAC Equipment Certification. Previously Vikram has been the President of ASHRAE Mumbai Chapter. Vikram holds a Bachelor of Technology, Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India
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João Castanheira is Deputy Chief Executive Officer at ENGIE Portugal and also CEO at Climaespaço, a subsidiary of ENGIE in charge of building and operating the Lisbon District Heating and Cooling System which includes 21km of district energy network serving numerous tertiary customers but also 4000 residential customers. Vice-President of EFIEES, the European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services and a Member of the Board of Directors at COGEN Portugal. With a career of 20 years in the energy sector, Castanheira was previously a member of the Board of Directors at EDP GÁS Distribuição. Castanheira graduated in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in energy, at IST - Instituto Superior Técnico.
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Zhuolun Chen is senior advisor in the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency. He has a Ph.D. in building science. As a LEED AP, he developed, consulted and designed more than 30 projects of green buildings and communities. As a consultant and designer, he focused on optimizing energy systems in Internet data centre (IDC) to enhance the overall efficiency level, including the application of new cooling technologies and implementation of district energy systems in IDCs etc.
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Roshmi Sen is an Architect, Urban Planner and an educator, working as an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India. She has done her bachelor In Architecture and masters in city planning (MCP) and is pursuing her PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Her doctoral dissertation relates to the cost benefit analysis of energy efficient interventions for affordable mass housing in warm humid climates. The policy outcomes are applicable to government delivered mass housing schemes in India. While pursuing PhD, she was a Fulbright Nehru doctoral research fellow for nine months working with CHAOS lab led by Prof. Forrest Meggers at the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment at Princeton University. At CHAOS lab, she worked with alternative low-exergy air conditioning scenarios applicable in mass housing in India against the pre-existing unitized ACs. The study also explored the benefits of district cooling and the institutional mechanisms towards implementing such centralized cooling systems in high density mass housing stock for developing nations.

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