Solar-powered desal technology nabs top honors at UAE Water Aid Foundation awards

Feb. 11, 2020
GivePower takes home top honor on global stage for its innovative, solar-powered water farm technology.

DUBAI, FEBRUARY 10, 2020 -- GivePower took home top honor on the global stage, receiving the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award for its Solar Water Farm technology. The award was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage research institutions, individuals, and innovators from around the world to develop sustainable and innovative solutions to water scarcity that use solar power. The UAE Water Aid Foundation, Suqia oversees the award, which has three main categories: Innovative Projects Award, Innovative Research and Development Award, and the Innovative Individual Award. GivePower took first place for Innovative Small Projects Award.

For Founder, Chairman, and CEO Hayes Barnard, who accepted this award in Dubai on behalf of GivePower, a US-based 501(3)(c) nonprofit, this award represents a growing awareness of the water crisis on a global level, and the support needed to create innovative solutions that can save lives. With the help and support of the UAE Water Aid Foundation, GivePower will be able to continue deploying Solar Water Farms for people in critical need of access to clean drinking water. 

GivePower, received the 1st place award for innovative projects for their containerized, solar-powered water desalination and purification technology that can be rapidly deployed in coastal regions around the world suffering from a shortage of clean water. These Solar Water Farms can operate 24 hours a day, utilizing battery storage technology, and are housed in 20-foot shipping containers. Capable of transforming as much as 70,000 liters of brackish or saltwater into clean, healthy drinking water every day. With this new, sustainable clean water source, coastal communities will see a dramatic drop in waterborne diseases, and are empowered with greater health and economic opportunities.

The event featured ten honorees from eight different countries, with GivePower being the sole winner from the U.S. His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the event and personally distributed the awards.

“We are honored and deeply grateful to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Moktoum for the recognition, support, and their tireless dedication to helping humanity overcome water scarcity,” said Hayes Barnard, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of GivePower. 

“Three of every ten people in the world face life-threatening water scarcity challenges as the global water crisis keeps growing at an alarming rate.  The world’s innovators and leaders must unite to tackle this serious problem together.  The people of the United Arab Emirates, under the visionary leadership of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Moktoum, understand this and remain determined with urgency to solve this problem.” 

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