Wednesday 01, March 2017 by Jessica Combes

Sky River breathes new life into water sustainability

Emirates NBD has joined Dubai SME to provide four-year, interest-free payments for buyers of machines which convert air into water.

The deal between the bank and Dubai-based Sky River was signed at Gulfood 2017, running at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) until Thursday night.

“As a business bank, when someone in the local community has a venture such as this, we feel it is our duty to support them and help them grow their business,” said Hussam Al Hashimi, Executive Vice President and Head of Priority Banking and Business Banking. The buyer-plan backing is aimed at supporting the UAE’s SME community, particularly those engaged with socially-conscious concerns.

Sky River has launched its water coolers that capture the air around it before filtering and cooling it into the purest form of drinking water at Gulfood. With global water shortages well-documented, Sky River CEO, Faheema Mohamed, believes her company has the technology, the will and the way to tackle the issue.

“We have been looking at all kinds of alternatives to tackling the issue of water shortages. This technology has been around in some form for 5,000 years so it got us thinking ‘let’s bring it to this region’,” Mohammed said. “In simple terms, we are harvesting the purest drinking water from thin air. No need for bottles, no plastic, no chemicals. This is water in its purest form. The units designed for homes produce up to 20 litres of water per day, while our biggest units, designed for industrial use, can make up to 10,000 litres of drinking water in 24 hours. And the best part is, the water stays fresh,” said Mohamed.

With seawater containing about 80,000 parts per million (ppm) of total dissolved solids (TDS) and bottled water roughly 100-200 ppm, Sky River claims its air-turned-water contains just 10-20 ppm, making it superior drinking water.

“The filtering system even clears out the ‘bad’ air, so there is no issue with airborne germs–even if people are coughing and sneezing around the machine. You could even have a car engine running next to it and not have to worry,” said Mohamed.

Mark Napier, Gulfood Show Director, said Sky River’s launch characterised an event rapidly becoming known as a hotbed of global F&B industry innovation.



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