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Swiss Pavilion Participants | World Water Forum 2018 | Brasilia

SANAKVO Foundation

SANAKVO is a non-profit, humanitarian, globally acting Swiss foundation to make clean, drinking water available to the neediest people. It uses a new, revolutionary, low-cost and lowest energy system generating pure water from air. The new technology uses binding of atmospheric humidity into a hygroscopic liquid (glycerol) from which it is recovered in a form of pure liquid water by solar heat. The structures utilized are of low cost, easily produced on large scale and environment-friendly. Air humidity is an unlimited and omnipresent source of clean water! Thus, a new sustainable source of clean water everywhere on the planet can be implemented.

What we do

  • Sustainable drinking water and sanitation programs:
  • Support the development and implementation of an innovative, sustainable, low-tech and affordable water-from-air-technology
  • Educational activities:
  • Raising awareness towards the water scarcity problem by implication of the young generation. Coaching and support of their own projects. Specific courses for talented students.
  • Governance of water and other resources:
  • Networking and cooperation with local partners, experienced institutions and foundations in order to achieve a future sustainable long-term implementation according to the ‘WASH’- Strategy.


Schematic view of the new water-from-air technology


Thematic expertise

  • Integrated Water Resources Management
    • Bottom-up inclusive water resources management
  • Water Food Energy Nexus
    • Low-tech, low-energy water generation
    • Subsequent integration of new water-generation strategies in agricultural techniques for food supply
  • Water Policy and Governance
    • Implementation of new water technologies while fostering respect of ethical norms
    • Management of community-based water resources
  • Sustainable and effective water use
    • Innovative water sourcing linked to educational and hygiene improving projects
    • Disaster Risk Management: preventing health impairment by quick and easy clean drinking water supply


Water-from-Air Module (AKVOS-Project – Sal Cape Verde)


  • Participation in the Water Abundance XPRIZE competition with the water-from-air technical pilot project on the island Sal (Cape Verde) January 2018 (Team AKVOS)
    • This project allowed the proof on concept of the technology in an arid and representative setting. The water production process was tested successfully in a subtropical location. Important insights for simple optimizations of the device and important adaptations for the existing prediction model were gained.
  • Support of SANAKVO KIDS activities
    • Coaching of young people in fundraising activities and projects
      • In collaboration with the Sanakvo Foundation, the young movement ‘Sanakvo kids’ organized various fundraising activities like ‘water concerts’ in collaboration with professional musicians in 2017, a kids ‘water-contest’ and exhibition in collaboration with a big local shopping mall (Migros) in 2016, ‘water challenge’ in collaboration with an eMBA program (2016) and various different spontaneous activities.
      • Teaching and technical experiments on the new ‘Water-from-Air-Technology’ were conducted yearly at the international ‘Talent-Akademie’ in Lindau since 2013.
  • Scheduled project: Drinking water for Haitian school
    • After the successful technical project on the island of Sal in January 2018 the scale-up-project in collaboration with the Swiss foundation ‘Oberwallis für Kinder der Welt’ will be furthered. The goal of the project is to supply the new school ‘Ecole mixte Arc-en-Ciel du Haut-Valais’ in Montrouis Haiti (300 children) with clean drinking water with the low-cost Sanakvo-technology. The implementation of the ‘Sanakvo technology’ would allow the school to reach a more autonomous and sustainable performance. The high-quality and low-cost Sanakvo-water-from-air-technology is well adapted to Haiti, which faces water scarcity due to the destruction of existing water-pipelines and contamination of water reservoirs by natural disasters.


Where we work: Cape Verde, Haiti, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic

External links

www.sanakvo.org ; http://www.sanakvo.org/they-wrote-about-sanakvo ; https://sanakvokids.weebly.com/der-sanakvo-kids—blog

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