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Families in Sub-Saharan Africa typically heat and boil their water by burning firewood and charcoal. Not only is this time consuming and expensive, it causes harmful indoor air pollution and releases greenhouse gas emissions. The high dependence on firewood and charcoal by a large percentage of the population is a major cause of deforestation in Kenya.

Solvatten is a dual water treatment and solar water heating system that is tackling climate change and improving lives in Kenya’s urban slums. The device harnesses the power of the sun to treat and heat water, reducing the need to heat and boil water by burning firewood or charcoal.

The units are capable of rendering highly contaminated water drinkable in a few hours, provided there is sufficient sunlight. Solvatten Solar Safe Water Heater improves health, increases renewable energy, reduces deforestation, addresses climate change and gives access to safe water, while lifting people out of poverty.

Key facts:

  • More than 43,000 Solvatten systems are currently in use
  • More than 20,000 hectares of forest is saved every year
  • On average, each Solvatten system saves 1.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year

To learn more, we spoke to Petra Wadström, the Founder and CEO of Solvatten.

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