DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Solar Water Solutions company in Finland was awarded third place in a global award that tackles the issue of water scarcity through finding innovative solutions. The award, overseen by The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), includes three main categories: Innovative Projects Award (Small and Large projects), Innovative Research and Development Award (National and International institutions), and the Innovative Youth Award. The Finnish company came third in the first category.
Valued at $1m, the award was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage sustainable and innovative solutions to address water scarcity using solar power. The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) oversees the award under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI).
Solar Water Solutions participated in the award with a solar powered Reverse Osmosis plant to produced drinking water, set to reduce 17280 kg of CO2. Its efforts were recognised with an award for third place.
In his speech, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Suqia, noted that, according to UNICEF, hundreds of millions of children won’t have access to clean water in the future, and that girls now spend 200 million hours a day collecting water, which affects their education. He stated that the United Nations agency has warned us that 600 million children will live in areas with severely limited water resources by 2040, putting them at risk of deadly diseases.
HE Al Tayer said, "The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Water Award, which bears the name of a person whose generosity is not just for the people of the UAE, but also helps those in need anywhere in the world, is another significant milestone in the UAE's humanitarian efforts. It supports international efforts to provide drinking water to the needy by devising practical and sustainable solutions to water scarcity.”
*Source: ME NewsWire