Solvatten has been selected by the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York as the winner of the 2011 Deloitte Green Award. It was presented by HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden at a Royal Gala Dinner on November 1.
Petra Wadström, founder and CEO of Solvatten AB:
"We are thrilled about winning this award. Solvatten has changed families' lives for the better in so many ways, and does so in a sustainable way. We hear about improvements in health, more time for school and energy savings of around 50%. Solvatten may sound simple but it's a high quality product reaching people living on less than two dollars a day. Being truly sustainable and going green has to be done by encouraging savings and wise investments at many levels. Some argue that it is too expensive and complicated to do anything about the changing climate, or they don't know where to begin, but the recognition we have got from this award show that people recognize Solvatten as a practical and sustainable solution. To win this award will also help Solvatten to reach an american audience and the fast growing international green market".
About the Award
The SACC Deloitte Award was instituted to recognize an innovative and groundbreaking small Swedish business focused on viable energy alternatives and energy conservation. The winner is able to utilize the full expertise and know-how of SACC New York and its network to reach US companies, institutions and individuals.
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SOLVATTEN® is a unique solar-powered water treatment technology, 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, batteries or spare parts, 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 (< 1 Ecoli/100 ml). With these units householders improve their health and the environment, as well as saving time and money.
The technology is environmentally sustainable and is setting a new standard for household water treatment. From the proven savings of fuelwood Solvatten has the potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26 million tons annually by 2020 (ref: WWF Climate Solver 2009).