EcoFlow, the company that created the world’s first eco-friendly portable power generators, has announced the official arrival of its products in the Middle East, and is preparing to team up with local dealers.
So what are EcoFlow’s products all about, and what makes them so useful? Put simply, the plug-and-play power stations are large, portable battery banks — think of them as a scaled-up version of the portable USB backup batteries available for phones and laptops.
EcoFlow Power Kits feature large lithium-ion batteries, with base capacities of 2KWh, with expansion modules available to boost that to 15KWh. However, unlike smaller smartphone batteries, EcoFlow’s solutions act more like a traditional petrol generator — except far cleaner and quieter — as they feature built-in inverters that will easily cope with the power demands of fridge freezers, right up to (depending upon model) an entire house or apartment.
As well as recreation-focused portable power packs, the company also produces a wide range of products to enable households to survive off-grid — or at least smooth out patchy mains supplies — an especially useful feature in countries such as Lebanon, where people often encounter severe delivery issues due to the lack of a government-provided power supply.
The modular components are designed for permanent installation, and include an AC/DC Smart Distribution Panel, Power Kit Console and various add-ons, including solar panels. Unlike building a traditional system of this type, EcoFlow’s kits are inherently safe, as they require zero custom wiring.
The idea of smart living has become a significant trend of late, and the number of smart homes is predicted to surpass 350 million by 2023. Ecoflow is well positioned to take advantage of that shift, with a range of products that allow users to build a fully connected, energy-efficient home with off-grid capabilities.
LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology
Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.
LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.
Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.
The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.
Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.
The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.
The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.