Drinking water is essential to life, but 1/8th of the world population has no access to it. Each year, 1.6 million people die from diseases related to unclean water and 500 million people need to boil water in order to drink it, using coal, kerosene, or wood, which leads to deforestation.
SOLVATTEN, a Swedish company, was founded in 2013 but truly began in the early 90s, when inventor Petra Wadström and her husband were living in Australia. Petra was struck by the abundance and intensity of natural sunlight, and was convinced it could be used in a social way. She began to work on developing a device that would be able to purify water by using solar energy. Her goal was to develop a simple device, with a high life expectancy, that functioned autonomously as a solution for the lack of clean water across the world.