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Crystal Lagoons to unveil new technology at WFES.

Summary: DUBAI -- Crystal Lagoons will introduce sustainable cooling technology for the first time in the UAE at the World Future Energy Summit, or WFES 2012, which starts tomorrow in Abu Dhabi.

DUBAI -- Crystal Lagoons will introduce sustainable cooling technology for the first time in the UAE at the World Future Energy Summit, or WFES 2012, which starts tomorrow in Abu Dhabi.

This technology, used for cooling industrial and thermal power plants, eliminates marine pollution from cooling-dependent industries, something critical for the Arabian Gulf that today is under pressure from industrialisation, and has put in risk its extensive coral reefs, pearl oysters and marine ecosystems, according to the company.

The technology already has 19 projects in the pipeline in countries such as Finland, the United States, India, Saudi Arabia and Chile, it added.

It is a new industrial application of Crystal Lagoons' technology, which was developed by renowned Chilean innovator Fernando Fischmann, the chief executive officer and founder of the company.

Crystal Lagoons' technology achieves significant energy savings and a drastic reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, generating enormous environmental benefits for mining, energy and industrial companies.

"The enormous interest is explained by the great need to implement cooling systems which are both economically profitable and of high environmental impact," Crystal Lagoons development manager Joaquin Konow said.

In the UAE and the rest of the world, the majority of thermal generation processes use huge volumes of seawater for cooling, captured from the ocean and later returned at a considerably higher temperature.

The process has created a major environmental problem destroying marine life during the water suction process and causing severe disruption to the ecosystem when it returns hot water to the sea. The US has now banned the process due to the enormous damage it causes to the environment, and many other countries are following suit.

The sustainable cooling technology developed by Crystal Lagoons helps solve this problem, allowing the creation of large crystalline lagoons which dissipate the heat through a closed cooling circuit for electricity generation plants. This process takes crystalline water of the highest quality from the sustainable crystalline lagoon to cool the industrial process.

The water is later returned to the lagoon that acts as a heat sink and in parallel as a reservoir of energy. In this way, cogeneration is allowed since the previously wasted energy is used for convenient purposes and it also makes possible to enter the carbon credits market.

-- abdulbasit@khaleejtimes.com

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