About us

OUR STORY

Everything starts with clean water

Solvatten is a social enterprise based in Sweden, and we have one mission: To provide people living in developing countries with safe and hot water in a portable, environmentally-friendly way.

 

We created a revolutionary way to provide clean water to under-served communities worldwide and are pinpoint-focused on delivering the Solvatten Solar Safe Water System to customers, charities, and distributors around the world. We have formed partnerships with like-minded organizations and micro-financing institutions in efforts to increase reach and improve affordability.

 

Solvatten is the brainchild of a Swedish inventor, Petra Wadström, and the Solvatten story began in Australia in the early 90s, where Petra was living with her husband Carl and their family. Wadström’s professional background was diverse, spanning both medical science and the arts, which helped spark the creative thinking behind Solvatten.

Living in Australia, Petra was struck by the abundance and intensity of natural sunlight. She was convinced that harnessing its strength could result in better water access to those living in poverty.

Exposing water to sunlight has the effect of both purifying and heating water, eliminating many commonly found contaminants and bacteria. Solvatten was created and subjected to rigorous initial trials and followed by field visits throughout Africa and Asia, where Petra and her team began conducting studies to validate the efficiency of her creation in various contexts. Today, Solvatten is used in more than 40 countries worldwide, reaching more than 450,000 people.

Solvatten founded a charitable foundation in Sweden in 2013, focused on improving the lives of primarily women and children who live without easy access to safe water. A few years later, Solvatten Charitable Foundation USA was created to allow for US-based giving. The US foundation administrates donations made within the USA.

Our vision and mission

Vision
Everyone lives a healthy and dignified life with access to clean and warm water.

 

Mission
To provide people living in developing countries with safe and hot water in a portable, environmentally-friendly way. 

 

Goal
To reach more than one million users by 2030.

 

Solvatten AB
Solvatten AB is a social and purpose-driven company that collaborates with private and international customers and partners. Solvatten AB manufactures, sells and exports the Solvatten product.

 

Solvatten Charitable Foundation Sweden
Solvatten Charitable Foundation Sweden was started in 2013. The foundation enables the public, organizations, companies and other foundations to donate funds to “Solvatten projects” which are aimed at providing people in developing countries with hot and clean water. The foundation is a holder of a 90-account and is mainly financed by other contributing foundations and the general public who want to support our work.

 

Solvatten Charitable Foundation USA
Solvatten Charitable Foundation USA was started in 2016. Solvatten Charitable Foundation USA gives individuals and organizations in the USA the opportunity to help support Solvatten’s Safe Water Projects through donations, grants, partnerships and volunteer opportunities. Read more here.

Team 

 
Oliwer Wadström
CEO
 
Erika Eckeskog Kalú
Senior Program Manager
 
David Wadström
Head of Marketing and Communications
[Parental leave]
 
Julia Toft Sandén 
Program Manager
[Parental leave]
 
Louise Eklund
Economy via ScratchGruppen

Solvatten Insamlingsstiftelse

 
Petra Wadström
Founder and Senior Advisor
 
Carl Wadström
Chairperson

 

Isabelle Holman

Administrator

 
Gustaf Wettergren 
Treasurer
 
Karolina Jennings
Secretary
 
Göran Frisk
Board Member
 
Abela Agnarsson 
Board Member
 
Erik Josephsson
Board Member
 
David Wadström
Board Member
 
Felicia Krusell
Auditor, RSM

Solvatten Charitable Foundation USA


Erica Krishnamurthy
Chairperson
 
Vanita Chhabra
Treasurer
 
Gayathri Raghavendra
Secretary
 
Petra Wadström
Board Member and Solvatten Founder
 
Mattias Danielsson 
Board Member
 
Mats Wennberg
Board Member
 
David Wadström
Board Member

Matt Garrett

Board Member
Contact us

If you’d like to support our Solvatten Projects abroad, please click to Donate

For questions regarding donations and grants in USA, please contact us at: scfusa@solvatten.org

All other countries please email us at: hello@solvatten.org.

Solvatten Insamlingsstiftelse

Roslagsgatan 56, 113 54
Stockholm, Sweden

hello@solvatten.org

+46 8 777 29 05

Solvatten Charitable Foundation
USA

5655 Silver Creek Valley Rd., #652
San Jose, CA  95138  USA

scfusa@solvatten.org

+1 408 471 7986

Solvatten in numbers

Right now, Solvatten is being used in more than 40+ countries around the world, improving life for more than 500,000 people. It’s a solution proven to benefit women and children especially, who often carry the heaviest load in households in regions where infrastructure is poor.
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million workdays are freed up each year. For a family, that is 3 hours per day.

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billion liters of water have been treated by Solvatten, simply enabled by natural solar disinfection.

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million tons of CO2e won’t be released, thanks to the reduced need to boil and heat water with firewood and charcoal.

WATER AND CLIMATE INNOVATION

Awards and recognition

Both the Solvatten invention itself and the organization’s founder, Petra Wadström, have achieved national and international recognition for their contributions to bringing safe, hot water to those who need it.

In 2013 President Barack Obama visited the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Petra Wadström was given the opportunity to present the device and explain how it is used around the world to improve health, empower women, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A selection of awards and recognitions

A European-wide competition recognizing the most-talented and successful woman entrepreneur in Europe

Rewarding outstanding innovations in WASH with significant impact on tropical diseases

Solvatten was one of fifteen worldwide solutions selected by The Ocean Exchange as a contributor to promoting successful applications for the greater good.

Solvatten was awarded for its usability to address climate change challenges. The award is spearheaded by the UN Climate Change Secretaria, UNFCCC

Mid Sweden University with the assistance of the Schwab Foundation awarded Petra Wadström and Solvatten as a result of their focus on improving the lives of millions living in poverty.

Representatives of The Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise awarded Solvatten a grant in 2009. The grant is awarded annually to promote research, technical development and enterprise that contribute to the sustainable utilization of natural resources and the preservation of biodiversity.

“Solvatten is a perfect example of the way in which mankind can use the sun as a source to improve and, in this case, save lives. This is exactly the sort of solution that we want to promote with a Solar Flare Award.”

Every two years, the Soroptimists award a prize to a woman in Sweden who has helped to highlight women’s achievements in professional life and society. In 2012, the prize went to Petra Wadström, the creator of Solvatten.

Petra Wadström won the prestigious Änglamark prize that is awarded each year to encourage and highlight initiatives in the environmental field. The subject for 2011 was the preservation of natural resources and the award stated “Solvatten is a simple solution to a major global problem through treating and heating water. The fact that it also reduces the hard work that women have to do and saves the forests that would otherwise be burned to heat water is a further example of innovative resource management.

London 20012. Solvatten was awarded the prize for best innovation.

Solvatten exhibited along with the best Swedish innovations in the Swedish pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010. The exhibition fair had approximately 70 million visitors.

New York Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.The museum chose to exhibit Solvatten at the international “Why design now” fair. The exhibition opened in May 2010 in New York and expected to tour worldwide.

Prize for the best Swedish invention in memory of Alfred Nobel, 2008. The jury, which consists of a respectable group of academics and heads of Swedish companies, stated: “The Skapa grant goes to an innovation that can address the needs faced by those who live in poverty. The Solvatten invention can facilitate a better life for hundreds of millions of people”.

SWEA International is a women’s network promoting Swedish culture and tradition throughout the world.

The Polhem Prize is a highly prestigious Swedish prize awarded by the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers (formerly Civilingenjörsförbundet and Svenska Teknologföreningen) for a high-level technological innovation or an ingenious solution to a technical problem.

Solvatten was nominated by an international panel of experts focusing on energy and sustainable development. Solvatten was awarded for their achievements in the UN Habitat in Mali project.

This prize is awarded every year by Swentec (the Swedish Environmental Technology Council), VINNOVA (the Swedish Authority for Innovation and Sustainable Growth), the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional.

WWF Sweden designated Solvatten as one of seven inventions worthy of the title of “Climate Solver 2009.”  The WWF stated: “Solvatten is an inspiring example of a non-fossil-fuel, non-nuclear fuel climate invention with the potential to heavily reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”