Solvatten win UNFCCC lighthouse award

Swedish Solvatten has been awarded the prestigious “Momentum for Change Lighthouse Award” spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat, UNFCCC. This award shines a light on game changing activities across the globe that are moving the world toward a sustainable, low-carbon future. Solvatten provides energy efficiency and safe water for the people most vulnerable to climate change.

– We are very proud and excited to receive this UN validation and prestigious recognition. Together we can better the lives of millions of people around the world. Solvatten is like a toolbox that adresses all 17 Sustainable Development Goals and we already work in partnership with governments, organisations and business to increase the number of users, says Petra Wadström, Founder, CEO and inventor of Solvatten.

Our award-winning project recognized by the UNFCC project was implemented in Kenya’s urban slums thanks to funding through the Nordic Climate Facility ( financed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and administered by NEFCO. The project was implemented together with local partner the Institute of Environment and Water Management (

Key facts of the project:

  • 2,592 Solvatten systems have been distributed and sold in Kenya, benefitting 12,900 people in Nairobi’s urban slums
  • 22,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced in Nairobi’s urban slums after four years of Solvatten use
  • Almost 30,000 litres of water per Solvatten system have been treated since 2012
  • More than 42,000 Solvatten systems are used daily by more than 200,000 people around the world

Find more information about the award here.


17 ways Solvatten contributes to the 17 SDG´s

This September, the United Nations is promoting a new sustainable development agenda by encouraging countries to adopt a set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

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.

Practical. Durable. Proven

Have the latest updates regarding new partnerships and impact in June 2015 newsletter

Now it is super easy to help out! Just send a text message to 72980 SOLVATTEN. 150 SEK gives 10’000 litres of safe water. This summer campaign supports our safe water project in Turkana.

New partnerships

The number of humanitarian organisations distributing SOLVATTEN grows around the world. We welcome Plan International and the Salvation Army in our mission to help the most disadvantaged families living without safe water. There is an exciting learning experience when working with new NGO´partners.  We supply all sorts of training materials in multi languages where we share our experience of running SOLVATTEN projects. We listen and learn from new partners in various contexts and we welcome more NGO’s to get familiar with our goods and services.

Shining light on the situation in Darashakran

After months of preparations the shipment of SOLVATTEN reached Kobane and the Darashakran refugee camp in Kurdistan hosting more than 10’000 people. The Syria Regional Refugee Response hosts more than 112’000 people fleeing from the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Erbil region. SOLVATTEN was provided to the most vulnerable families in Darashrakran via Kurdish Help Organisation KHO.  Read more about the situation here

Thanks to Lions Club Lysekil and contributing artists Adam Tensta, Regina Lund, Helin Aro, Behrang Miri and the support from everybody at the charity event Safe Water is a Human Right. Read more about the event here

Scaling up – increasing sustainability and impact

Sustainable business models are vital to long-term impact. Thanks to funding from the European Union, Solvatten is exploring partnerships and models to serve a new market: small-holder farmers in agri-business value chains in East Africa. The positive health, well-being and financial benefits Solvatten users and families gain from the innovation are well-documented, but continued use also frees up time and availabilty to focus on more productive activities. One group Solvatten targets is subsistence farmers in the agribusiness chain. Off-grid small holders can reap productivity gains and product quality improvements from using Solvatten, thus increasing their net-income and their families’ health and well-being. With a view to serve this market sustainably and profitably, we are undertaking product innovation to respond to market’s needs and are exploring B2B distribution models that deliver shared value.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 673583 

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Five Years Later And Still Using it

Last month we visited Meru in Kenya to see first-hand the impact Solvatten is having on people’s lives. Whilst there, we met Martha Gitau and sister Nancy, running a Community Based Organisation (CBO) aimed at empowering local women. The CBO helps the women purchase Solvatten in affordable installments. The first shipment of Solvatten arrived in 2010 and are still being used today.

Highly effective water treatment
This is just one of many examples that demonstrate Solvatten is a cost-effective solution that is cared for and valued by its users. Water, sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) specialists often talk about the three C’s that affect change for vulnerable people and achieve positive health impacts: Correct, Consistent and Continued use.

We can see all of these at play in Meru: People are using Solvatten correctly and consistently, as reflected by the vast reduction in water related illnesses experienced by the community. Continued use is clear because people are using their Solvatten units five-years after receiving them, while the number of users continues to grow.

Product design important for continuous use
Continuity and training help to build trust and enthusiasm, but it is vital that users value the product if it is going to be a long-term solution. The Solvatten units are helping the women of Meru develop new skills and self worth, whilst enjoying safe, warm water. One of the users of Solvatten commented proudly “It makes me look smart!”, whilst explaining what Solvatten means for her.