Petra Wadström Announced as Finalist for Sustainable Leadership Award
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The NMC Network for Sustainable Business’ prize is awarded to recognise a person whose competent leadership contributed to successful sustainability work. Solvatten’s founder and CEO, Petra Wadström has been announced as one of three finalists for this year’s prize. According to NMC Vice Chairperson Staffan Fredlund, Petra was chosen for her “clear and value-based leadership” and “creating social benefit” through Solvatten. Read more here.
Petra Wadström’s Success Featured in European CEO Magazine
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
European Ceo magazine published an interview in May with Solvatten’s CEO and inventor Petra Wadström. Petra has come a long way since she started ideating Solvatten in the early 2000s in Australia. She set forth on a mission to solve the problem of access to hot and clean water. After over a decade her outstanding achievements have been internationally acknowledged even by Barack Obama and the Nobel Prize organisation. Today around 350,000 people across 20 countries use Solvatten. But this is just the beginning of Petra’s vision and she’s aiming to benefit one million people by 2020. Read more here.
Do you have a mind for math and a heart for justice? We are looking for You that have several years’ experience of working as an economy assistant. IT skills are required to manage webshops, invoicing and CRM systems. You should be able to answer customer questions so it is important that you master both Swedish and English well.
Infodesk, freight handling, contacts with transport companies and import agents customers and factory. Customs and export questions. Billing and Payments, follow-up and contact with supplier and customer accounts, budgeting and support of projects, reporting of sales figures, contact with accounting firm, factory orders, update order backlog, ensure deliveries, update delivery plan etc.
Expertise You have a relevant economy education and it is a requirement that you have several years of experience of working as a economy assistant. Very good IT skills are required, both for managing CRM, invoicing systems, web shop and transport issues, but also Excel for managing the financial information. As Solvatten works internationally, it is a requirement that you have very good ability to communicate in both English and Swedish in both speech and writing. It is strong merit if you have worked with transport issues and / or in an export company.
Generally As a person you have an economic thinking and it is important that you care about details. You like to work in projects where regular follow up’s on agreements and deadlines. Because Solvatten is an export company, you must enjoy having contacts with other countries. In addition, you must be able to handle many different types of contacts from other countries and thus have a good working ability.
At Solvatten you will be part of a nice and tight team with about 5 employees. We work together to make life a little easier in difficult areas and each individual plays an important role. Solvattens premises are located at Roslagsgatan 56 in Stockholm.
Your application You are welcome to send your application with CV and personal letter to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1/7 2019. Mark your application “Solvatten Economyassistent”. Your application will be handled in accordance with guidelines for data storage (GDPR).
The Solvatten product saves easily more money than other solutions like filter/chemicals and water heaters. There is no need for spare parts, batteries or supplies are needed, just sunlight. Other solar products mostly rely on batteries with low durability.
The water exposed in Solvatten will to highest level of WHO standards, destroy germs like parasites, virus & bacteria. Sandfilters and chlorine filters does not reach this level.
Solvatten is easy to use – even a child can use Solvatten.
Solvatten has a better performance on indicators such as behaviour change. One reason for that is because access to hot and safe water is something most people aspire to have.
Solvatten is very easy to distribute.
Low cost for great impact in humanitarian contexts and with little risk.
It doesn’t affect the taste of the water like chlorine does.
A non-chlorinated water can be used to bake bread with as yeast will rise in warm water that is chlorine free.
Solvatten has impact on all 17 UN-SDG’s, see here:
The United Nations is promoting a sustainable development agenda. It is a set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
This is how Solvatten can play a part to make it real.
No Poverty: Solvatten tackles some of the underlying factors that keep people in poverty. It improves health and productivity; it saves money and time, therefore it helps people lift themselves out of poverty.
No Hunger: Poor hygiene and lack of safe water play a big role in leading to and exacerbating malnutrion among children especially. Solvatten directly tackles water and hygiene related diseases, such as intestinal worms. The heated water makes the transition from breastmilk easier and less risky.
Good Health: Since Solvatten can reduce the incidence of diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases among users, and especially in children, many lives can be saved. Using Solvatten keeps the poverty related diseases away. Safe water and improved hygiene practices will reduce vulnerability to the major infectious diseases.
Quality Education: Good health makes time for school. So will easing the heavy load for children to provide the household with firewood and water from distant water sources. Globally 300-400 million days of schooling are missed because children have diarrhoea.
Gender Equality: When parents in developing countries have insufficient money for school fees, they often send the boys to school, and not the girls. The time and money saved by replacing use of solid fuels will provide time for income-generating activities and give more girls the opportunity to go to school. Women are saving up to 3 hours a day when using Solvatten. Less time spent on finding fuel in unsafe locations means less exposure and incidence of gender-based violence.
Clean Water and Sanitation: Apart from being a technology that purifies water to the highest level of WHO guidelines for safe water, Solvatten also recognizes the importance of heated water for hygiene and health.
Renewable Energy: Solvatten runs on 100% green power, the sun.
Good Jobs and Economic Growth: Solvatten will provide time and opportunity for income-generating activities. Fewer sick days means fewer days without work and pay, while every extra year in school means higher income as an adult. Solvatten also provides its users with business opportunities, as it increases the quality of the goods (e.g. milk) or services (e.g hairstylists) they provide
Innovation and Infrastructure: Solvatten is an innovative technology bridging humanitarian aid and development while recognizing and utilizing the water-energy nexus, leading to resource efficiency.
Reduced Inequalities: Hot and cold water from a tap at home is a distant dream for more than a billion people. Equality means equal access to the basics that create a dignified life.
Sustainable Cities and Communities: Solvatten provides a sustainable clean energy and water solution that is environmentally friendly and carbon neutral, it provides for a safer and cleaner community. Being energy and water efficient, Solvatten eases the pressures that increasing urbanization puts on energy and fresh water supplies. It also makes urban communities less vulnerable to utility service cuts and water-related disasters.
Responsible Consumption: Solvatten improves water, energy, and time efficiency.
Climate Action: Over 800 million households worldwide currently use solid fuels. For every one of these households CO2 emissions could be reduced by 1 ton per year if they changed from heating/boiling with solid fuels to using Solvatten
Life Below Water: Through reducing CO2 emissions, Solvatten reduces ocean acidification which negatively impacts ocean ecosystems.
Life On Land: Since 2009, Solvatten has reduced the need to burn over 1,000 hectares of forest.
Peace and Justice: People have to coexist with very few resources which can lead to conflicts over water and fuelwood. Going solar with SOLVATTEN is helping to drive down conflict by reducing people’s need for fuel, water and helping to build healthier families and communities.
Partnerships for the Goals: Solvatten engages people, organisations and other companies throughout the world. This is creating awareness, practical action and business opportunities locally and internationally. We work through partnerships that span the private sector, the not-for-profit sector and academia. What’s more, we do not work in developmental silos – but bridge health, energy, environment, economic and gender empowerment, disaster relief and development issues for a cross-sectoral approach.
If you are interested in aligning your company or organisation around these goals Solvatten is an ideal way to get involved in this global effort.
Nikolaj Redmayne is a company that offers a range of affordable and timeless unisex wrist watches. They launched its very first collection of unisex watch wear on Kickstarter. The collection, Ineo Conquest, initiates the very first in a series of collaborations with “Good Companies” where Solvatten is the fist co-lab. Get a nikolajredmayne watch will support Solvatten Water Projects – setting people free from the struggles of safe water scarcity.
Clean Water Improves Health in the Short and Long Term
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Apoteket has sought a suitable way to take responsibility for its climate impact as well as to increase the pace of its sustainability work. With Solvatten as climate compensation, trees can remain instead of being cut down for firewood.
This means that more trees will remain and will store more carbon dioxide. In addition, people who are most affected by climate change will be more resilient. Apoteket sees a clear connection between its own operations and the opportunities to contribute with knowledge of hygiene and health through this smart Swedish innovation.
Where the need is greatest
As much as 80% of the diseases in developing countries are due to dirty water. In many places, people need to boil water before use, but electricity is often lacking and wood burning is the most common option. But when the forest is fired up, the opportunities to live there also diminish. By using renewable energy for water treatment, many diseases can be prevented and avoided.
Typhoid, diarrhea, and stomach infections are dangerous – especially for young children when they are particularly vulnerable. Everything starts with clean water and hygiene.
Make a real difference
Thesolar water jerry cans are shipped from Sweden and reach out to vulnerable families in Kenya through local aid organizations. When the project starts, the user families get hygiene and health training, which also helps them to improve their health.
With Solvatten jerry cans, the user families are better placed to cope with extreme weather and the risks for disease spread are reduced.
A sustainable future for everyone
More and more people are becoming aware of climate change, but they are the most vulnerable. Together, we can reduce some of the sufferings that are going on in the world. We must think simultaneously in new and long-term solutions in order to ensure a sustainable future for all. It is only by cooperating that this can be achieved.
How does Solvatten help the climate?
1) Enhances the share of renewable energy, which is increasing in the world.
2) Energy and water use are made more efficient.
3) It provides a sustainable socio-economic advantage such as a better economy, a higher social status, better living conditions for women in, particularly, climate-affected countries.
4) The trees remain, providing multiple benefits such as shade, food, water purification, and CO2 binding.
What is Solvatten?
Solvatten is a social enterprise that produces and distributes a sustainable solar-powered water treatment solution to people, primarily women, and children who live without clean water. More than 350,000 people today have direct use of Solvatten.
Doris is an inspiration for many women in Naruk, Kenya. She chairs a CBO called Mayatta Cultural Troupe with more than 100 women that fight against Female Genital Mutilation, (FGM), advocate against teen pregnancy and underage marriages. She is also a spearhead and role model by helping girls to be able to go to school. She is one of the many Kenyan empowering women that we march with, side by side.
Current Progress Will Take 200 Years for Gender Equality
This International Women Day we want to celebrate but also remind of the efforts needed to achieve real gender equality. UN gives an estimate that with the current pace, it will take 202 years before gender equality has been achieved. For more in-depth about how far we are behind, listen to Lise Kingo, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact on this podcast here.
Women and girls often bear primary responsibility for providing water, energy, sanitation and housekeeping. Solvatten is already changing this reality in many places. We recently visited Kenya and we want to share with you the impact that Solvatten is having on people and their communities.
“Every drop is precious”. This was the slogan under which the Nobel Week Dialogue Water Matters took place last 9 December in Stockholm. The Nobel organisation aimed to focus on actions to solve global problems affecting water. Nobel Laureates attended this event together with scientists, experts, key opinion leaders, policy makers and entrepreneurs.
Some action led questions were raised during the debates and parallel sessions, such as: which is the role of innovation for water scarcity?; how important is it to address energy alternative sources to ensure long lasting solutions for water crisis? or, why is working with nature to preserve the water cycle important?
Speakers included Diva Amon who has participated in several deep-sea expeditions around the world and Maude Barlow who led the campaign to have water recognised as a human right by the UN. Also taking part in the dialogue was Julian Dowdeswell, a glaciologist, working on the form and flow of glaciers and ice caps and their response to climate change and Gary White, dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation.
Ingenious Solutions on Display
Petra Wadström, inventor and founder of Solvatten, was one of the 30 panellists. Petra focused on key impacts of energy consumption to treat and to heat water for hygiene and domestic use in impoverished countries. Her findings are based on her extensive experience and knowledge in helping people living off grid in poor countries to have access to clean and hot water. More than 300,000 people in 20 different countries and refugee camps have benefited from the Solvatten jerry cans. Petra has been witnessing their impact worldwide in some of the most deprived rural and urban areas of the world.
Other ingenious inventors such as the Indian engineer Sonam Wangchuk took part in the dialogue. Wangchuk presented the Ice Stupa Project. Wangchuk builds seasonal artificial glaciers by producing ice and snow in winter. when these structures melt water is available to farmers when they most need it it, at the beginning of the agricultural season in early spring.
The Link of Energy and Water
What to do when one in nine people lack access to improved water and nearly one billion people worldwide, in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency, do not have access to the electricity grid?
Lack of alternative energy sources and financial barriers are some of the key obstacles to realise the Sixth Sustainable Development Goal, Clean water and sanitation for all, (UN SDG# 6) .
Gary White is CEO and co-founder of water.org and WaterEquity, which are dedicated to empowering people in the developing world gain access to safe water and sanitation.
Evidence from water.org and WaterEquity shows that most people who don’t have access to clean water and electricity are spending a high part of their incomes to buy water for drinking and energy. “In India people are paying 125% of interests on loans to build their own toilets and many households spend up to 25% of their income to buy water from water vendors, on a regular basis”, says Gary White. He met Petra Wadström. They discussed how a partnership could help more families in impoverished countries have clean and hot water at home.
Great Minds on Water Challenges
Drilling holes, pumping water and treating it has an energy cost. The question lies in how to find energy sources to create infrastructure for sanitation and running water. Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011, Dan Shechtman who teaches technological entrepreneurialships at universities, encouraged entrepreneurs to innovate energy solutions for off grid households where infrastructure is poor. He showed the inspiring example of a young Israeli woman who brought solar panels to Africa to pump water from wells.
Shechtman received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering quasicrystals, a crystal with five-fold symmetry that was thought to be impossible. Today Shechtman’s research interests are focused on developing, studying and understanding the structure, mechanical properties and bio-corrosion of new magnesium alloys.
The Nobel laureate is a firm believer in the possibilities of desalinisation. If more action is put into desalinisation international conflicts around water could be avoided. Nevertheless, desalinisation is still a highly energy consuming process, which requires energy solutions.
Water is facing global challenges. Shechtman believes that the time has come to bring innovation and find solutions for water production. “Our modern societies are based on how we took the leap from being hunter gatherers to farmers. This happened more than ten thousand years ago. Up to date, we have just gathered water. We never replaced it. Now we have to master how to produce it. Desalination is one of the solutions. This would be the second revolution in our history but water pollution is still a challenge. By sharing knowledge and resources we can ensure water security and avoid international conflicts in the future”, Shechtman says.
Conservation of water and how to work with its cycle is one of the leading interests for scientists, policymakers and businesses. Sandra Postel is an author and founding director of the Global Water Policy Project. She works to bridge science, policy and practice to build a more water-secure world. She has appeared in various media productions including the BBC’s ‘Planet Earth’, Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The 11th Hour’, and the National Geographic Channel’s ‘Breakthrough’ series.
Postel believes that Eco engineering is a current pathway that needs further development. She suggested that scientists, businesses and policymakers could learn from current urban planning pilots in China to better understand how to work with the water cycle. Shangai, known as one of the 16 ‘Chinese sponge cities’, is replacing its concrete pavements with wetlands, and building green rooftops and rain gardens to absorb the stormwater in the land, making this water usable for the city.
Apps to Raise Awareness on Water Footprint
Digital arts such as virtual reality and video games can help the public to be aware with their water footprint. The performance lecture led by artist Marina Abramovic was one of the highlights of the Water Matters event. She presented the launch of a new app called Rising, letting users make active choices to take better care of the environment with daily actions.
The app allows viewers to see their daily water and energy footprint and view Abramović in Augmented Reality. She beckons from within a glass tank that is slowly filling with water from her waist to her neck. Abramović urges viewers to reconsider their impact on the world around them, asking them to choose whether or not to save her from drowning by pledging to support the environment, which lowers the water in the tank.
Rise is available for free on Google Play and App Store. Other free apps such as Water Footprint help to calculate our impact on water consumption.
For the Greatest Benefit of Humankind
Sweden is a world-known place for innovation. Some Swedish innovators are finding energy solutions to save water or trees by using sunlight or algae.
Sunlight makes the water safe and hot. This is what the Solvatten jerry can does. It uses the power of sunlight and the UV radiation to breakdown the DNA chains of microorganisms in unsafe water.
Petra Wadström, inventor and founder of Solvatten, explained the problems resulting of energy consumption to produce safe and hot water in impoverished countries. “Energy sources alternatives are key to ensure a sustainable livelihood for families living off grid”, she said. Petra believes that access to safe water for drinking and hot water for hygiene as well as clean energy are issues that need to be addressed together. Otherwise the problem won’t be solved.
Algae has a great potential as an energy source. This is what another Swedish woman entrepreneur, Sofie Allert, highlighted in a panel discussion. Allert is the co-founder and CEO of Swedish Algae Factory. Allert founded Swedish Algae Factory to make use of a natural resource that can create sustainable value for society – algae. Swedish Algae Factory have developed a circular economic business model around a group of algae called diatoms. The properties of the diatom are useful in several industries. This material can replace harmful or less efficient chemical substances.
Producing Water Without Energy
Gravity is another option to save energy in high mountains such as the Himalayas. Sonam Wangchuk diverts water, in the Indian Himalayas, from upstreams above 3,500 metres to lower altitudes. The water is kept frozen through during the winter, near the villages. It melts in early spring when farmers most needed for sowing their crops.
Wangchuk has won many awards worldwide for his invention, which saves and makes water accesible without use of energy. He named his invention the Ice Stupa project for the resemblance of these seasonal artificial glaciers to the stupas Buddhist monuments. These are ubiquitous to the trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh in India. Wangchuk met with Petra Wadstrom. The Ladakhi engineer would like to bring Solvatten to Ladakh where Solvatten is already present since 2012, in partnership with World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).
Solvatten congratulates Petra Wadström on this remarkable honour in recognition of her stunning work in creating Solvatten. Petra is enormously grateful for this recognition and the impecable level of organisation of the Nobel Week Dialogue. “Water is an urgent global issue that requires action. Forums such as Water Matters in the Nobel Week Dialogue are necessary to create partnerships and a proper understanding of such a complex issue. Water global challenges require further discussions and coordinated actions”, Petra says.