Press Release   •   Apr 29, 2013 11:16 EDT


Solvatten has developed a project in Mali with UN Habitat "Sanitary, economic and environmental impacts of Solvatten in the West African peri-urban context: case of Dialakorodji, Bamako (Mali)”. The Solvatten project will be awarded by the Energy Globe Award, today’s largest platform for sustainability.

The international jury, chaired by Maneka Gandhi, has evaluated all submissions and selected the national winners. Solvatten was selected best project and will be honored with the national Energy Globe Award Mali. The projects of all national Energy Globe winners will be presented on 5 June, the UN’s World Environment Day to a global public on Energy Globe Award is considered the most prominent environmental award worldwide. It is awarded on a local, national and international level every year.

Jury statement: Use of biomass and fossil fuels for water disinfection and heating is widespread. It is estimated that 70 % of household income in Africa are spent on energy. This year´s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award for Mali has invented an affordable solution for each African household: Solvatten is using the sunlight in order to produce safe drinking water. It treats and heats 11 liters of water in 2-6 hours, depending on the actual sunlight intensity. The system will last for more than 7 years and additionally helps to reduce carbon emissions. A win-win situation for both: humans and environment.

- Pictures from project

Link to a Summary of the Mali Project

Link to Mali Project partner

Swedish green tech company Solvatten AB based in Sweden producing SOLVATTEN®: 11 liter foldable jerry can 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.