India’s First District cooling system will come up in Amravati
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is going to lay the foundation stone of India’s biggest district cooling system in Amaravati on February 13, said Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) commissioner Ch Sreedhar. He was speaking at a day-long training programme on ‘Green Building Ratings, Advanced Building Systems and Best Practices’, organised by APCRDA in association with AP Energy Efficiency Development Corporation (APSEEDCO) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) .
First of its kind in the country, the district cooling system will help save 40 per cent of the energy currently being used. All government, residential and commercial buildings in Amaravati will be supplied chilled water through this system’s pipelines.
The APCRDA plans to make all buildings in the new capital green-rated. In this regard, the corporation will enter into an MoU with a Zurich-based organization for construction of energy efficient residential buildings which have below 2,000 W of energy consumption. Sreedhar added that the APCRDA will, on its own, generate 1/3rd of its total energy requirement, 100 per cent of the energy required for street light management and pumping stations, and 30 per cent of the renewable energy requirement out of its total power requirement. Every building in Amaravati should have a Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) or Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) rating.
What is District cooling system?
- District cooling systems produce chilled water, steam or hot water at a central plant and then pipe that energy out (either underground or over rooftops) to buildings for air conditioning, space heating and water heating. As a result, these buildings don’t require their own chillers, air conditioners, boilers or furnaces.
- They are considered to be highly efficient to address each of the challenges like high Capital and operating costs, reliability, flexibility and environmental sustainability while meeting their comfort and process cooling and heating needs.
- District cooling uses only 50% of primary energy consumption for cooling urban building n compared to other cooling systems. This also reduces carbon emissions.