The Astana Grand Mosque, the biggest mosque in Central Asia, has announced the installation of a new thermal heating solution from global engineering group Danfoss, which reduces heat consumption by 17.5%.
The new thermal heating system solution emits less CO2 emissions, and is expected to provide an annual savings on heating costs of US$55,000.
With this saving, the heat solution will have paid for itself after eight years, it said.
Commenting on the announcement, Ziad Al Bawaliz, Regional President, Turkey, Middle East & Africa Region, Danfoss says: “Due to its large size, the Astana Grand Mosque faces unique heating challenges during the harsh winter. We have been able to provide a solution that effectively distributes heat throughout the expansive structure while also reducing energy consumption.”
Danfoss’s heating solution utilises precise indoor temperature control to lower heating consumption even when the mosque is empty.
“Buildings are the second largest source of energy-related carbon emissions globally and in urban areas, they can often account for over 50% of emissions,” said Ziad Al Bawaliz.
Adding:“Reducing emissions from buildings is critical if we are to meet climate goals, and this project proves it’s possible to foster sustainability without increasing costs.”
Altun Koksal, Director at Stroymep, the engineering firm which commissioned Danfoss for the Astana Mosque project, commented: “Utilizing energy-saving technologies was paramount for this project with new laws in the Republic of Kazakhstan now requiring buildings to save energy. The practical application of these Danfoss technologies made it possible to make the space more comfortable for visitors, minimize the cost of heating, and improve the reliability and safety of the heat supply system.”