28.04.2017 - 07.55
Elemental Water Makers receives prestigious MBR Global Water Award
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum honoured 10 winners from eight countries at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award cermony in Dubai, UAE, on 27 April 2017.
Solar powered Reverse Osmosis
Out of almost 140 applicants, Climate-KIC start-up Elemental Water Makers was chosen as Winner of the Innovative Projects. The Small Projects category was eligible for commercial projects with an investment up to 10 million USD. The Award was launched to encourage the global development of innovative and sustainable solutions for water scarcity, using solar power.
Founder Reinoud Feenstra: “We’re pleased that our project in the Virgin Islands was recognized by the entire desalination sector as a scalable and mature innovation to solve fresh water scarcity.”
The young Dutch start-up, founded in 2012, entered the competition with its plant on the British Virgin Islands. The plant produces 12,500 liters of fresh water each day using only 12 kWp solar energy. The low energy consumption is possible as the seawater is pressurized by gravity before it is desalinised by the reverse osmosis process.
Founders Reinoud Feenstra (left on top photo) and Sid Vollebregt (right) received the award in Dubai from the initiator of the award Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (middle). For the awards, a total of 1 million US dollars has been deducted. The awards have been created to stimulate global development of innovative and sustainable solutions for water scarcity with solar energy.
About Elemental Water Makers
Elemental Water Makers started five years ago solving fresh water scarcity, using only the elements sea, sun, earth & wind. It responds to the growing importance of sea water desalination driven by renewable energy, embraced by policy makers, developers, managers and property owners.
The company is active on four contingents with desalination projects on the British & US Virgin Islands, Canary Islands, Belize, Cape Verde, and in Mozambique, Indonesia. Read more about Elemental Water Makers.
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