Tech For Global Good Selects Solvatten

Friday, September 20, 2019

Josephine Sena is 40 years old and mother of 6 children. Narok, Kenya.

Every year ”Tech For Global Good” acknowledges four innovators from all over the world that have created or uses technology to make the world a better place. These four will be represented in an annual exhibition at The Tech Museum that has over 130.000 visitors each year. This year, Swedish Solvatten is part of the prestigious exhibition amongst Zipline International, AI4ALL and Amandla Mobi.

These four initiatives have in common that they show that technology can make a big difference in people’s lives. Amandla Mobi, which is a digital platform used by 200.000 women in South Africa to improve women’s safety and prevent sexual violence against women. Zipline International can through an intelligent drone system deliver medicine to pregnant women in Rwanda and Ghana. AI4ALL aims to make AI more inclusive and prevent algorithms that discriminate. Solvatten is a Swedish Solar Safe Water Energy System that gives clean and hot water through solar energy, which helps mainly women and children who live without access to clean water and basic hygiene.

Solvatten will be in San José on the first of November for the exhibition opening as well as the award ceremony of James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award. Past recipients of the prize are Bill Gates and Al Gore. During the exhibition year, the Tech Museum will arrange “2020 Youth Climate Action Summit. The climate crisis is an intergenerational justice problem. Fortunately, there is technology that makes a difference and inspires us forward!

Read Tech For Global Good press release here

Debaser Goes Solvatten

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Drinks, food and music in Stockholm? Do it to the benefit of Solvatten Solar Water project at Debaser.

Annelie Telford is the founder of the venue and she knows one or two things about inspiring and wake emotions. By supporting Solvatten and getting involved in environmental issues she is a true change maker. We asked her some questions about her thoughts on climate change and water.

Annelie Telford, CEO at Debaser

Hi Annelie, what do you think about the situation that the world is rapidly warming?

The situation forces us to work on all fronts and aspects of climate change. All individuals need to be conscious consumers and think about their choices and priorities. Everybody won’t come to the same conclusions, but we need to think about our part in global warming and what we as individuals are ready to do about it. Companies need to change their ways to secure the planet and in the long run also the companies’ survival. Politicians need to stop thinking so much about if their politics is what most people will vote for and instead start working for a politics that is sustainable, and how we get there. All three parts are equally important. 

How did you come to think of Solvatten to alleviate some of the consequences of climate change?

I read about Solvatten and I just love the invention and idea. A product that gives clean water to the most vulnerable in an environmentally friendly way that also empowers women. Solvatten is a long term good investment that allows trees and bushes to remain where they belong, instead of being cut down and burned up as fuel for boiling water to kill dangerous bacteria. 

It also gives women and children more time to do other activities than collecting fuelwood and walking long distances collecting clean water. It therefore, empowers them since the women are the ones using Solvatten the most and being educated in how to use them, and forward that knowledge to other women. We do not yet know how long a Solvatten lasts, but at least 8 years since that is how long the first ones distributed has lasted. It is a great invention and product that we at Debaser are glad to spread the knowledge and be part of!

Why don’t you visit her place this weekend and check out Solvatten that is also kept there on display.

17 ways → 17 SDG´s

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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.

Read More about the UN’s SDG

Together for bigger impact

Monday, September 3, 2018

Greencarrier and Solvatten have now joined forces to give long lasting help to especially women and children without clean water.

The Greencarrier Group is one of the Nordic region’s largest privately owned companies specialising in global, sustainable logistics solutions. Every year they set aside 1% of the profit to the Greencarrier Spirit Fund, funding local and global initiatives to make improvements for the environment and the society.  

The GreenCarrrier Spirit Fund provides better logistics solutions for Solvatten. Together we can make impact bigger and push progress towards a sustainable future for all.

“- Being sustainable in business means that we at Greencarrier care for our company, the people in it and for our customers and partners. But also that we take a larger responsibility than that, for the society in general and the future health of our planet. Joining forces with Solvatten and providing them with our sustainable logistics solutions, means that we directly contribute to their vision of a world where everyone can live a healthy and worthy life and that we can combine our business knowledge with our social and environmental goals.” says Stefan Björk, founder and owner of Greencarrier.

-“Our mission is to have reached 1 million families by 2030. To be able to achieve this we need the power of collaboration, so we are happy to see Greencarrier also sharing our vision about a sustainable future for all.” saysPetra Wadström, CEO and Founder of Solvatten.

Greencarrier and Solvatten in collaboration for safe water and better lives

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.

Petra Wadström Swedish Elle Social Entrepreneur of the year

Thursday, April 14, 2016

ELLE and Le Comptoir de l’Innovation have created a unique award dedicated to female social entrepreneurship, the “ELLE IMPACT² AWARD”. Female entrepreneurs from all around the world have been rewarded and portrayed by ELLE magazines. National competitions have been driven in nine countries. All the national finalists met in Paris in April 2016 for the 5th Impact² Ceremony. Petra Wadström, founder and CEO of Solvatten was one of them!

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:

New approach to global health challenges

Sunday, March 15, 2015

STOCKHOLM – Swecare and the Swedish Health Initiatives group are hosting a seminar today to discuss innovative approaches to solving global health issues and the challenges faced in scaling these up. This forum is the first to be held as part of a new initiative created by a number of Swedish health companies, institutions and organisations, who are collaborating for new approaches to tackle major health challenges; through innovation, investment and action on a global scale.
Finding solutions to the health issues identified by the United Nations

The Millennium Development Goals, agreed to by all the United Nations member states, are due in 2015. Out of the eight goals identified, numbers four and five, relating to maternal and child health, are not likely to be met. Still only half of pregnant women in developing regions receive the recommended minimum of four antenatal care visits. According to the World Health Organisation, around 6.3 million children under the age of five died in 2013 mainly due to preventable diseases. This staggering figure is, according to the UN’s own estimations, 2.1 million away from the Millennium Development Goal and will take several additional years to reach. More work thus needs to be done and fresh approaches implemented. Social innovations and innovative partnerships are necessary to tackle these complex challenges. A holistic view must be taken, looking at different perspectives of health including e.g. water, vaccination, sanitation and animal health. Sweden has a long tradition of systems thinking, as well as of innovation and entrepreneurship. We are thus well positioned to develop and scale up social innovations in healthcare, water and sanitation.


Swecare and the Health Initiatives group (HIG) strongly believe that innovation is necessary to tackle the issues facing countries with scarce resources, and thus launched this seminar focused on what can be done to accelerate development and support roll-out of low-cost, innovative solutions in underserved areas, for example in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initial discussions have focussed on maternal and child health, and how Sweden through these innovations and approaches can contribute to the attainment of global health goals.


An open invitation

Scalability of individual local health projects in developing regions often face a quagmire of institutional obstacles due to a lack of broader regional strategy, which ultimately limits their success. As a response to these obstacles, the constituents of the HIG are aiming to shine a light on innovative approaches to multifaceted global health challenges, implement a wider cooperative focus and develop a stronger network of knowledge sharing and support, including national stakeholders who wish to join hands to improve health on a large scale. The seminar, which hopefully will be one of many, will set the stage for this initiative and is an open invitation to others looking to achieve meaningful and long-lasting positive effects in the attainment of sustainable improvements in health for people in low-income countries.

The ambition of the Health Initiatives group is to share knowledge across sectors, thereby serving as a facilitator which not only can help provide a positive impact on health related issues where it is most needed in the world, but also contribute to job creation in these and related support areas as well as opening new markets for Swedish companies active in the health and sanitation area.

A network

For more information on the seminar please visit:


Swedish Soroptimist Clubs engaging in Solvatten

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

img101 Solvatten Kakamega

Swedish Soroptimists have engaged strongly in Solvatten and initiated their own Solvatten projects together with partners. In 2012, the Stockholm-Roslagen Soroptimist Club started a fundraising campaign to provide Solvatten to a SOS Children’s Village in Lubango in Angola. The club engaged their local community in the Stockholm-Roslagen area, leading to a substantial contribution to the project from local companies and sister clubs in the area. After having started to use Solvatten, the families in the SOS Children’s Village report significant savings on time and money, that the families are healthier and that the school attendance has increased, especially among the girls.

Additionally, the Swedish Union of Soroptimist Clubs are ongoingly raising money with the aim of supplying safe water to vulnerable people in Kenya. The Union buys Solvatten units for delivery to Kenyan Soroptimist Clubs for distribution to needy women and families. A first delivery of 36 Solvatten units arrived at the Kakamega Soroptimist Club in Western Kenya in April 2013. The photo was taken during the Solvatten training. In June 2013, the second delivery of 72 Solvatten units reached the Soroptimist Clubs Eldoret and Milimani-Nairobi. The Kenyan Soroptimist Union is whole-heartedly supporting this project and eight more clubs are eagerly waiting for their allotment. A Solvatten unit can drastically improve the life of a whole family.

If you wish to contribute to this project, please send your donation to

Nordea – IBAN: SE95 9500 0099 6034 0657 1178, BIC-code SWIFT: NDEASESS

For more information, visit the web site

Summer campaign

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hemköp/ willys

How about some sparkling lemon water for midsummer? We are  excited to bring you the summer campaign with Axfood! The bottles hits the stores in Stockholm, Sweden this week. Get your Solvatten bottle at a supermarket nearby (Willys/Hemköp) and we will ship more Solvatten to needing families in Uganda!