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Polhem Prize goes to NCF-backed innovation


On 18 November, Swedish Prince Carl Philip gave the Polhem Prize to Petra Wadström for her innovative water treatment technology.

The Polhem Prize is Sweden's oldest award for technological innovation and is awarded every other year by the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers. This year, the award went to Petra Wadström for her invention of Solvatten.
Solvatten is an innovative, but simple technology, which utilises solar radiation (UV and heat) to purify water. With financing from the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) and together with a local partner in Kenya, the Swedish Solvatten AB has distributed this innovative household water treatment technology to the vulnerable people in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. The aim is to secure access to clean water for 2,500 households, and the technology will increase the household’s ability to adapt to climate change and reduce their vulnerability to water-borne diseases.

NCF provides grant financing to encourage knowledge transfer and promote technological innovations in areas susceptible to climate change. NCF is financed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and administered by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO).


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