Saudi solar energy firm Desert Technologies (DT) has won the Middle East Solar Industry Association’s (MESIA) “Best Innovation” award in the field of renewable energy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for 2020. The award recognizes DT’s Sahara containers, which are considered a scientific and technological revolution in renewable energy. DT produces the containers at its factory in Jeddah.
Khaled Ahmed Sharbatly, managing partner of DT, received the award in the presence of Ahmed Nada, president of MESIA, and an audience of specialists and professionals involved in the manufacture and production of solar energy.
Nour Moussa, founder and CEO of DT, said “Nothing compares to the immense pride we take in this achievement; this recognition motivates and drives us to produce more creativity. Since its foundation, DT has made a clear impact on the competitive scene in the renewable energy industry in the Middle East and North Africa. Sahara solar containers are a landmark in the solar energy industry, allowing us to live and work to our full capacity off-grid anywhere, with sunlight generating electricity in events, settlements, defense operations, disaster relief and more
DT launched two containerized solar systems of Sahara, each 40 feet and 20 feet in height. It generate up to 100 kWp of pure solar energy, which provide power during the day directly from the solar system while allowing for electricity through a battery bank during the night. They are easily installed and operate silently 24/7, unlike diesel generators, and require minimum maintenance. DT showcased the power of the 40-feet Sahara containers to the world during the 2021 Dakar Rally, and before that, in Africa supplying electricity to areas peripheral to the main grid, where one container is sufficient to meet the basic needs of about 70 small homes. It provides immediate sustainable energy in remote areas and is the best alternative solution for costly conventional energy in implementation and maintenance.
“We are happy to receive the Middle East Solar Industry Association’s Award in the ‘Best Innovation’ category for the year 2020, which is one of the most prestigious global awards in the field of solar energy, because of its neutrality,” said Sharbatly.