Boreal Light remote-monitoring technology recognized with the DIN Connect grand prize.

Berlin (Germany), November 2018. GreenTec is proud to report that Boreal Light has been selected as the grand prize winner of the DIN (German Institute for Standards) Connect Pitch competition. The DIN Connect Pitches and the DIN awards are organized annually by DIN together with the German Association for Electrical Engineering, Electronics, and Information Technology (VDE) and the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic, and Information Technology (DKE) to highlight innovative projects with standardization potential and award-worthy commitments in standardization. The DIN Connect program’s goal is to support innovations with standards potential with funding and support through the standards application process.

The 2018 DIN Connect competition featured audience participation in the judging for the first time, with the jury selecting Boreal Light the winner. The competition was focused on topics such as circular economy, smart technologies & services, industry 4.0, innovative working world, aging societies, information technology, innovative materials, and safety in electrical engineering. Boreal was selected for their innovative remote-monitoring systems used in their versatile Winture® water desalination plants. Ali Al-Hakim, co-founder of Boreal Light attended the ceremony to receive the award. The remote monitoring features of the desalination systems facilitate maintenance and enable deployment to remote regions and harsh environments. Boreal will received DIN Connect funding starting in 2019, pending the review of their system’s standardization potential. Several other projects are also being evaluated for DIN Connect funding and will be announced by the end of the year.

The Boreal Light team has been very active in expanding clean water access in Kenya with their innovative Water Kiosks. The Water Kiosks can deliver more than 5,000 liters of hygienic desalinated water daily employing and inclusive local employment model. The kiosks are powered with renewable energy, and in addition to WIFI, provide the infrastructure to support a small ecosystem of additional businesses around the kiosks. The company plans to deploy 25 more kiosks in Kenya in 2019. The company’s desalination systems can also be used for agricultural applications, and the company has taken orders for several agricultural and large-scale water desalination systems from international organizations.

GreenTec is very pleased to see Boreal Light’s innovations be recognized by the German Institute of Standards and expect to report further on the company’s activities in Kenya and beyond in the near future.


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