What are the Major Benefits of District Cooling Systems (DSC) For Businesses?
As a country with the second-highest gross domestic product (GDP) per capita among the ASEAN member states, Malaysia has continued to see a high demand for air-conditioning systems. The country, which has a population of 33 million, has recorded a high air conditioning systems utilization rate of 80%. It also has a developed District Cooling market. The statistics consequently mean an increase in energy costs and emission of greenhouse gases as well.
There are 30 District Cooling Systems in operation, and nine of them are operated and maintained by KJTS Group. With its tropical climate and robust economic development, Malaysia has a large potential for district cooling systems.
As such, it has become a challenge for energy experts to produce viable solutions that minimize the negative impacts of cooling systems on the environment without eliminating their usage. One of these solutions is the installation of district cooling systems. To learn more about this modern solution, read on and discover the significant benefits of a district cooling system, particularly for the commercial sector.
1. Saves energy
A District Cooling System (DCS) is rising in popularity for its high energy efficiency today. A DCS is considered an ideal energy-saving system for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) since it utilizes efficient systematic production and distribution of chilled water. It also takes full advantage of the diversity in cooling demands for various buildings and the economy of scale.
Although energy-saving levels vary according to the individual configuration of each DCS — such as the application of heat rejection method or the length of distribution pipe works — a saving of about 20% and 35% can usually be achieved with a DCS as compared to traditional air-conditioning systems.
2. Saves costs
With minimized energy consumption, one can naturally expect a reduction in costs when adopting a DCS. A DCS typically enables building owners to do away with their on-site chiller operation and maintenance. That means you will no longer need to operate, maintain and or replace chillers at the end of their life cycles. As a result, you can minimize your capital investment and the subsequent maintenance costs of air conditioning.