“People don't really realise that in greenhouse facilities and indoor agriculture facilities, up to 90% of water that
you use is to cool that facility down,” says Simon Bryant, chief financial officer at RedSea.
“Our system allows you to almost completely eliminate the need for any fresh water for cooling. So, the facility itself
will save you over 200,000 tonnes of water used to cool the greenhouse in five years,” he says.
Over the next five years, its greenhouse project, its first in the UAE, is expected to replace U.S.$2 million worth of
food imports by generating 1,000 tonnes of fresh produce for the local market.
The project should bring water savings of 10,566,882 gallons (40 million liters) a year with an estimated return on
investment (ROI) of 48 months and allows scaling of the company’s technology for 1,000 local farmers.
In Saudi Arabia alone, there is over 8,000 hectares of covered agriculture, which uses water very inefficiently but
could benefit from RedSea's innovation, which can be retrofitted. The company is running trainings for farmers in Abu
Dhabi to show the benefits of its latest technologies, HSBC is supporting construction of the project with a US$2.5
million green term loan.
Women in renewables
The Women in Renewable Energy Committee (I-Wire) won the best social project for Egypt’s Infinity.
Infinity's I-Wire committee project aims to identify challenges that prevent women from participating in the sector. It
also promotes policies and practices that support gender equality.
The company started what became the first such committee in Egypt to raise awareness about the gender discrimination
women face in this field. The committee was also developed to set a clear example to follow for future female engineers.
“The aim is to increase women participation in the renewable energy field. We do believe that by building a community of
people, who share a collective vision, we can help women step up as leaders within our organisation,” says Julie
Beshara, Sustainable Design Engineer at Infinity.
“In order to increase the number of women, we need first to make sure that they are qualified enough. So when they get
the opportunity, they can take it forward,” she says.
To raise awareness, company representatives pay regular visits to high schools and universities in Egypt, giving
students an opportunity to learn more about renewable technologies as an important tool to fight climate change.
In a long term, Infinity also plans to reach educational institutions and events across the Middle East to empower more
future female engineers in the region.