UAE challenge to grant $925,600 to construction
The initiative urges individuals to 'rethink brine' and turn brine discharge into sustainable construction material
UAE-based social initiative, Sandooq Al Watan, has reportedly launched a new Centurium Prize Challenge named 'ReThink Brine' designed to reduce the quantities of brine discharge produced by desalination processes.
Sponsored by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi developer ALDAR Properties, the challenge is aimed at supporting the UAE's Water Security Strategy 2036.
The initiative, which is also in partnership with with Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), urges individuals to 'rethink brine' and turn brine discharge into sustainable and effective construction material.
The total prize money of $925,623 (AED3.4m), and a grand prize of $680,605 (AED2.5m) for the winning team, state-run Abu Dhabi Media Office confirmed in a tweet.
The challenge is part of Sandooq Al Watan's efforts to seek viable solutions to the global issue over the next three years, with the underlying goal of protecting the marine environment.
#SandooqAlWatan launches the Centurium Prize Challenge sponsored by @EADTweets & @AldarTweets in partnership with @EWEC_AE. The prize aims to develop construction material from brine discharge produced during the desalination process. pic.twitter.com/0VWMTfnCu1— صندوق الوطن (@sandooqalwatan) March 22, 2020