Keppel DHCS Pte Ltd’s (Keppel DHCS) district cooling system (DCS) plant at Changi Business Park was conferred a Solar Pioneer Award this morning, acknowledging the company’s contribution towards a sustainable future. The Awards, in its third year, is organised by the Energy Innovation Programme Office (EIPO), led by the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Energy Market Authority.
The plant is undergoing an expansion, and when completed in the second half of 2012, the expanded DCS plant will feature the largest photovoltaic cell installation on a building in Singapore, with a planned system size of about 550 kilowatt-peak. 5000 square metres of solar panels installed on the rooftop and building facade will produce an average of 50,000 kilowatt-hours of green energy a month, equivalent to the electricity consumption of approximately 125 units of 4-room HDB apartment flats.
Mr Joseph Ng, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel DHCS, said, “We are committed to minimise our environmental impact, and plan to adopt solar as a renewable energy solution for our DCS plant at Changi Business Park which is expanding. The initiative is aligned with the company’s business of offering environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient heating and cooling solutions with lower carbon emissions.”
The photovoltaic cell installation, which serves as a commercial test-bed for the integration of green building technologies, helps Keppel DHCS to achieve cost-savings in electricity. It is supported under EIPO’s Solar Capability Scheme, and is projected to be built at a cost of $3 million.
Meeting customers’ growing need for energy-efficient cooling systems
Keppel DHCS has embarked on an expansion plan for its DCS plant at Changi Business Park to increase the plant capacity by 4,500 Refrigeration Tons (RT) to 17,500 RT.
The expanded plant will allow the company to provide its efficient water-cooled air-conditioning systems to the growing number of businesses in Changi Business Park, and deliver significant benefits in energy conservation.
Keppel DHCS has recently secured a new contract at Changi Business Park with UE-Bizhub, a high-quality business park building that is part of an integrated development with hotel and retail components, as well as conference and meeting facilities.
The company presently serves 14 developments in Changi Business Park. Its clients include Ascendas, Citibank, DBS Bank, Honeywell, IBM, Invensys, Mapletree and Standard Chartered Bank.
Keppel DHCS is the first DCS developer and service provider in Singapore, and has been providing a greener and more cost-effective alternative to conventional heating and air-conditioning systems for over the past decade.
DCS is an installation of a centrally chilled water to serve a cluster of buildings for their air-conditioning needs. The plant distributes chilled water to its customers’ buildings through a network of pipes. By aggregating the customers’ energy loads, the overall installed capacity can be lower than if each building used a separate cooling unit. The aggregation also reduces the overall carbon footprint.
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About Keppel DHCS Pte Ltd
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Integrated Engineering Limited, the environmental engineering division of Keppel Corporation Limited, Keppel DHCS is currently Singapore’s largest district cooling systems (DCS) service provider.
Keppel DHCS provides cooling services through the development and operation of DCS at major business parks in Singapore. Keppel DHCS currently services Changi Business Park, one-north and Woodlands Wafer Fab Park with a total plant capacity exceeding 50,000 RT. Keppel DHCS was incorporated in 1998, and is the first DCS service provider in Singapore.
Earlier this year in September, Keppel DHCS’s joint venture also topped out its district heating and cooling system (DHCS) plant in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City. By 2012, the plant will be ready to commence supply of chilled water and hot water.
About Keppel Integrated Engineering Limited
Keppel Integrated Engineering Limited (KIE) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation Limited, a leading mainboard listed conglomerate in Singapore.
KIE is a leading provider of comprehensive and integrated environmental solutions ranging from consultancy, design and engineering, technology development, and the construction, operations and maintenance of facilities. Its advanced technology solutions address a wide spectrum of environmental issues such as solid waste, wastewater, drinking and process water, and sludge.
Besides environmental engineering, KIE also offers an integrated range of expertise from facilities management, heating and cooling services to construction, fabrication and maintenance services for industrial structures and equipment.
For more information, please contact:
Sue-Ann Huang (Ms)
Group Corporate Communications
DID: (65) 6413 6297
This press release is also available at www.kepcorp.com, www.kie.com.sg and www.keppeldhcs.com.sg.
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