SOLVATTEN® winner at the International Green Award in the category Best Green Product Innovation
(London November 25, 2011)
SOLVATTEN® Solar Safe Water System, was announced winner in the category Best Green Product Innovation “by being a truly transformative solution with significant environmental impact and social benefits. The product exhibits sustainability through the entire supply chain and is setting a new standard for household water treatment.” Solvatten outran Puma, Electrolux, Nissan and Samsung competing in the same category.
The winners was announced at a gala dinner on 24th November 2011 at the Natural History Museum, London. The International Green Awards recognise innovative and creative approaches to sustainability. The Awards are internationally established and showcase best practices in sustainability across business, government and citizen initiatives.
SOLVATTEN® is a unique, patented and solar-powered water treatment unit. It is portable and primarily for household use. The units treat contaminated water, making it safe to drink, as well as providing hot water for personal hygiene and cooking. No consumables, such as chemicals or batteries, are required. Solvatten uses the combined power of heat and ultraviolet radiation from the sun to deactivate disease-causing microorganisms, producing water that meets the WHO Guidelines for Safe Water. With these units householders improve their health and the environment, as well as saving time and money. From the proven savings of fuelwood Solvatten has been judged to have the potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26 million tons annually by 2020. WWF Climate Solver 2009
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A patented, scientifically proven Swedish invention, the SOLVATTEN® unit uses heat and UV from the sun, and a built-in filter, to purify contaminated water. SOLVATTEN® makes microbiologically contaminated water drinkable in 2-6 hours, depending on the weather. An indicator shows when the water is safe to drink. SOLVATTEN® is part of the WHO International Network to Promote Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage.
Providing SOLVATTEN® to households will help contribute towards sustainable development, through improved living standards, improved health, protection of the environment, and by making income-generating activities possible.
The portable 10-liter unit can improve the daily lives of millions of people who do not have access to safe drinking water, thereby contributing to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals.