Women’s Forum in Rome focus on inequality

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

As a part of Italy´s G7 Group agenda, an international conference focusing on the role of women and sustainable development was held April 7th-8th. There were four thematic workgroups:

• Investing in girls’ economic empowerment: closing the gender gap to foster growth
• Women, health and science
• Social inequalities and the future of democracy
• Women and girls on the move: refugees, migration and integration

Economic Empowerment for Girls

Petra Wadström participated and contributed with her expertise on addressing economic empowerment for girls. Solvatten is internationally well known to help women and families improve their health and prosperity. At the workshop there was a focus on new technologies and the future of jobs.

Other measures

Digital education can also be a tool for empowering girls, and also how economic measures  can be used to close the gender pay gap in markets. Representatives from WE‐Women Empower the World; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IKEA, Brussels and the United States participated.

“I am very honored to be invited to participate in this important international forum. It is imperative that we create joint initiatives across the world to promote women´s opportunities for a sustainable lifestyle. Solvatten has always worked with the goal in mind of providing hot, safe and clean water to millions of families throughout the world. It is a tool giving women and girls more social freedom and safety, and removing inequitable work burdens”, comments Petra Wadström, inventor of Solvatten.

To read more about what W7 group is about.

EU Women Innovators Prize 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

EU Women Innovators Prize 2017

Petra Wadström, founder of Solvatten is one of 9 finalists for the EU prize for women Innovators 2017. Discover the 9 finalists in the video for the EU prize for women Innovators 2017 and the 3 finalists for the new EU rising innovator awards. EU will be announcing the winners in March 2017.
The EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017 competition awards female entrepreneurs who have successfully brought an innovation to market.

Woman of the Year 2015!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Petra Wadström was awarded to Woman of the Year 2015 by women network SWEA International.  The jury states that Petras creativity and her philanthropical spirit makes her a shining example. Read more about it here:


Petra Wadstrom, Shamengo Pioneers in Paris

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Shamengo, Newmanity and LH Forum invites international frontrunners in sustainability and other Shamengo Pioneers between 19 and 24 september 2013 in Paris. Petra Wadstrom, CEO Solvatten is attending a radio show covering Shamengo and the subjects of sustainability is being broadcasted to 46M people in West Africa.

Read more here.

President Obama introduced to a life changing clean tech solution

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Obama meeting Solvatten

During the course of his one day in Stockholm, Sweden President Obama visited the Royal Institute of Technology KTH to see the latest research in energy solutions, research and innovation. Inventor of Solvatten, Petra Wadström  was given the chance to present the unique Solvatten Solar Water System and how it is used to improve health, empower women and lower CO2 emissions. Swedish Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt also attended the presentation, acknowledging the technology as a solution for two of the most difficult global challenges, clean energy and easy access to safe water.

President Obama deeply appreciated the benefits of the solution as Petra Wadström explained that many users of Solvatten today comes from an area near the birthplace of his father.

President Obama gave Petra Wadström a warming handshake  ”Congratulation on a wonderful achievement: It is a great story you tell”

Axfood contributing to solar clean water project in Uganda

Friday, March 22, 2013


Ecotrust Uganda

Axfood,  one of the largest food retailers in Scandinavia is investing part of the money earned from the Company’s climate compensation in a solar-powered clean water project in Uganda. Some 1,000 families will gain access to clean water with the help of the Swedish invention Solvatten (”Solar water”). The project is also helping to reduce deforestation while improving the families’ health and economies.

The investment in Solvatten water systems is part of the climate compensation that Axfood accomplishes by reducing business travel by air and through the eco-friendly Garant Såklart product line, covering household cleaning, laundry and body care products.

Åsa Domeij and Petra Wadström, inventor and founder of Solvatten is participating today (22 March) at a seminar arranged by the World Child & Youth Forum at the Royal Swedish Palace. There, she will talk about Axfood’s initiatives under the banner ”Business impact on children’s access to clean water”.

Meet U&We+Solvatten at Zero Mission Forum

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Welcome to lunch at the ZeroMission forum. Petra Wadström and the Solvatten team will explain how Solvatten can help to reduce carbon emission that brings multiple social benefits. 14th of November 12:00-14:00. Download invitation (Swedish)

Stora Nygatan 45, Stockholm

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Solvatten: Purifying Water with Sunlight

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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A Swedish portable household water purifier makes unsafe water drinkable using solar energy. Solvatten can produce 22-33 liters of clean, drinkable water when exposed to two to six hours of sunlight. This specially designed container uses heat, UV light, and a built in filter to clean contaminated water. 

Developed by Swedish microbiologist and artist Petra Wadström, the unit inactivates microorganisms that cause diarrhoea and disease. It’s also environmentally friendly by enabling people to reduce the use of fuels commonly used in developing countries to boil water like firewood, charcoal, and kerosene. As of 2012, Solvatten has been used in 20 countries around the world. Learn more in this Earth Focus report from Stockholm.

Peta Wadström receives prize from Soroptomists

Sunday, May 20, 2012


President of the Unions, Anita Westerström together with Petra Wadström, Founder and CEO of Solvatten.

Soroptimist International is a worldwide service organisation for women. They are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide. Biannually the Soroptomist Sweden rewards a swedish woman with a prize for outstanding achievements. This year the prize was given to Petra Wadström!

The Soroptomist- a global voice for women

Press release (in swedish)