Calling all engineers: Schneider launches Go Green competition

Updated 19 March 2019

Calling all engineers: Schneider launches Go Green competition

Schneider Electric, an energy management and automation firm, has launched the ninth edition of its Go Green in the City competition. This year’s edition is said to be the “best, biggest, and boldest” to date as it brings together engineering and business students from 180 countries in an effort to highlight their skills and ideas for concepts and methodologies that create innovative energy generation and consumption solutions and promoting green urban environments.

Schneider Electric President in Saudi Arabia and Yemen Najib Al-Naeem said that the annual competition aims to attract the best talents in the long run and encourage them to create unique innovations that enhance sustainability in smart cities while developing the knowledge of students and showcasing their discoveries on a global scale.

Participation in this year’s competition is open until May 25, and its tracks comprise several categories, including sustainability and access to energy in order to pave the road for future grids and networks.

Participating in the competition requires a team of two students with a minimum of one female. Teams will study an innovative idea for an urban energy management solution in the areas of strategic use of technology, energy efficiency in cooling solutions, energy storage and efficiency, integrated urban energy systems, and other unique solutions that promote environmental friendliness.

The competing teams will undergo training, mentoring, and early career counseling, which will highlight young national talents and give them the opportunity to prove their abilities. The competition will provide the winners with an array of sponsorship, networking and travel prospects, as well as job opportunities within Schneider Electric’s various commercial divisions.

The winners will obtain several sponsorship and networking opportunities in addition to job opportunities in various business activities and disciplines. They will also get the chance to win international trips to two cities of their choice (where Schneider Electric has offices).

Go Green in the City began in 2011 with the objective to explore and nurture innovative and promising youth ideas by providing opportunities to meet experts and gain professional advice in order to develop creative ideas.

Last year’s edition witnessed the participation of more than 80,000 students from around the world.


SAGIA, Xylem ink $50m MoU to advance water security

Updated 05 December 2019

SAGIA, Xylem ink $50m MoU to advance water security

Water technology firm Xylem has signed an MoU with the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), representing an investment of $50 million. The agreement aims to expand Xylem’s manufacturing footprint into the Kingdom, and to better serve its portfolio of customers in Saudi Arabia and across the region.

Under the MoU, Xylem will work with SAGIA to develop and localize advanced water and wastewater products and technologies to address water challenges in Saudi Arabia, as well as increase its footprint of service points and rental fleets across the Kingdom. A core objective of the MoU is to accelerate adoption of digital water solutions and optimize utility networks across the Kingdom.

The proposed multimillion-dollar investment will not only help build a vibrant local supply chain, but also see Xylem bringing additional commercial opportunities into the Kingdom, with the wider aim of improving water solutions locally. The agreement is in line with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 to promote economic diversification through investments in localization that will also contribute to the export of “Made in Saudi” products across the world.

The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative (FII), commonly known as the “Davos in the Desert,” by Ibrahim A. Al-Omar, governor of SAGIA, and Steven Leung, senior vice president and president, emerging markets of Xylem, in the presence of senior officials of both entities and Frank Ackland, managing director Xylem Middle East.

Al-Omar said: “As Saudi Arabia welcomes investors and decision-makers from across the globe to this annual global investment platform, the agreements exchanged here reflect the strength and diversity of the economy. Under Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is undergoing an ambitious program of economic reform, and the world is taking notice. This month, Saudi Arabia climbed 30 places in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report, becoming the most improved economy globally. The indicators are
clear: Saudi Arabia is not only open for business, it’s the economy of the future.”

Leung added: “As Xylem continues to lead the water sector’s digital transformation globally, this MoU presents an opportunity to leverage our market-leading portfolio and application expertise to advance water security in Saudi Arabia. Through our investment of $50 million, and with our strong presence in Saudi Arabia, backed by our dedicated office and team, we are committed to creating in-Kingdom value through our investments and partnerships. We are thankful to SAGIA for the opportunity to directly contribute our expertise to the development vision of the leadership, as the Kingdom embarks on its ambitious transformation program.”