2 February 2012. In conjunction with the opening of the Swedish Design Hall Stockholm, Petra Wadström has been honored for Solvatten.
The jury stated:
"Solvatten treats water with the energy of the sun. The user-friendly product is ingeniously designed to treat, heat and store water. Solvatten sets an example for how innovation and an in-depth understanding of consumer needs can solve one of the world's biggest problems and save lives."
The organization behind the prize, Formmuseets Vänner, awards the prize biannually to highlight the importance of contemporary design.
More than 500 people attended the truly inspirational event.
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