The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award aims to support this goal, encouraging leading corporations, research centres, institutions and innovators from across the world to compete to find sustainable and innovative solar-energy solutions to the problem of water scarcity.
“We invite all research institutions around the world to participate in a competition of USD 1 million to be awarded to people who can find sustainable, cheap and innovative solutions.”
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAERuler of Dubai
The challenge is set, with companies, research institutes and young innovators invited to compete with their innovative solar-powered solutions.
The award aims to find and support innovative solutions to water shortage and scarcity to worldwide. The award is comprised of three categories: Innovative Projects Award, Innovative Research & Development Award, and Innovative Youth Award.
A. Innovative Youth Award.
The project submitted by the applicant must present an innovative technological solution to address water scarcity exclusively using solar energy to produce safe drinking water in line with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. The project presented must be a practical, proven solution with measurable results in operation for at least 3 months prior to the date of submission of the application.
Individuals under the age of 40
B. Innovative Projects Award
The project submitted by the applicant must be a practical, proven solution with measurable results in operation for at least 12 months prior to the date of submission of the application. The project must clearly demonstrate the use of solar energy to produce safe drinking water in line with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, along with production capacity, technical limitations, disinfection systems, operation and maintenance requirements, and any innovative solution to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness.
Governmental, semi-governmental, private and non-governmental organizations.
- Small Projects: The project must have a capital expenditure (CAPEX) of USD 10 million or below.
- Large Projects: The project must have a capital expenditure (CAPEX) over USD 10 million.
C. Innovative Research & Development Award
The project submitted by the applicant must demonstrate workability or measurable results by means of a prototype or pilot in operation for at least 6 months prior to the date of submission of the application. The project must be developed and executed in-house with the aim of extracting safe drinking water from natural sources in line with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, providing necessary water treatment and purifying the product water from possible anthropologic and natural pollutants, while relying exclusively on solar energy. The project should preferably be a solution that can easily be installed, operated and maintained without the need for specialised manpower and equipment in different and harsh ambient conditions using low cost and maintenance friendly technology.
Individuals or teams from non-profit, educational and academic institutions, and research centers that are independent or annexed to governmental or semi-governmental organizations.
- National Institutions: The project must be submitted by or on behalf of educational or non-profit institutions and research centers within the UAE.
- International Institutions: The project must be submitted by or on behalf of educational or non-profit institutions and research centers outside the UAE.