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Sustainable cooling in Oman: need, standards, technologies

Event organised by ICE

13 June 2024
19:00 - 20:30 GST

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Energy is a vital component for any society, with buildings across industrial, commercial, residential, and transportation sectors consuming substantial amounts of fossil-based energy, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. Inefficient design, installation, and usage, particularly in air conditioning systems, exacerbate energy wastage.

According to the Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association, global demand for air conditioners is steadily increasing at a rate of approximately 17%. A report from the Authority for Electricity Regulation of Oman revealed that residential, commercial, and governmental buildings accounted for 76-83% of electrical consumption in 2016. 

Understanding and analysing cooling systems in buildings, including design, operation, and maintenance, along with exploring alternative technologies, are crucial for enhancing building performance and energy optimization strategies in Oman.

This lecture aims to delve into concepts such as Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER), Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), and Coefficient of Performance (COP) for various chillers, as well as alternative refrigerants and sustainable design principles.

Organised by the ICE Oman Committee, this online event is aimed at a diverse audience, including civil engineers, architects, and environmental specialists interested in sustainable cooling. It offers a wealth of insights, practical examples, and recommendations to advance the mission of sustainable building practices.

Start time: 19.30 GST (Oman time)


Muthukumar Ramaswamy

Muthukumar Ramaswamy

Levels Engineering LLC Oman

technical director

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Muthukumar Ramaswamy

Mr. Ramaswamy earned his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India in mechanical engineering. He got over 40 years of combined extensive experiences in various areas of engineering in India and Oman. His last assignment was a technical expert to Government of Oman. He has been working in Oman since 1997.

Before coming to Oman, he worked in the Government of India in Delhi for 12 years. He has designed a few of the largest utility plants in South-East Asia. He has published more than 100 research papers in international journals and conferences and authored six books on engineering subjects. He is in the visiting faculty and in the technical advisory board of various technical universities in India, Oman and Bangladesh etc. He has guided many PhD students. He is also examiner of many master and PhD students. He is member of various international professional organisations holding charter engineer status from U. K and India. He is the reviewer and editorial board member of international technical journals such as STEM SAGE Publications Ltd, U.K.

He has delivered more than 125 key-note lectures at various international conferences and meetings. His name is listed in WHOSWHO directory of Renewables from MENAT region. Also, his name is listed in Montreal Protocol WHOSWHO site as an appreciation of his work on ODS. He was the president of one of Indian Community Schools in Oman. He is on the advisor board of Waterloo Filtration Institute in the USA. At present he is working as technical director of Levels Training Institute in Oman.