The Fifth Estate recently reported on CitySmart partner Cofely GDF Suez who are gaining traction in the rollout of the CBD Smart Energy (District Cooling) Project.

The managing director of Cofely in Australia, Vaughan Furniss said that the project is moving ahead with active discussions taking place with different building owners in the Brisbane CBD who are close to contracting.

“We’re looking to start with quite a small project –5-6 megawatt of contracted energy with a good load profile [demand for consumption]”, he says.

The benefits to clients include savings that range from 5-10 per cent on operations on top of the capex savings of avoiding installing chillers and related plants. In a new building it could mean avoiding having to provide load bearing space on the roof which could mean lower structural costs.

One of the innovative elements of the project is that it’s designed to incorporate future renewable energy sources when they become available on larger scale.

The system is designed to incorporate renewable energy if and when it becomes available on a bigger scale.

“We’re delighted to incorporate solar or other renewables,” Furniss says.

Learn more about the CBD Smart Energy: District Cooling Project.