Sanakvo press release

June 2018, EPFL-Lausanne, Switzerland:

Participation at the Technology for Development (Tech4Dev) conference

The Tech4Dev Conference is the biennial flagship event of the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development hosted by CODEV at EPFL. The Conference focuses on the potential of technology solutions to advance inclusive social and economic development in the Global South. Tech4Dev 2018 puts the challenges and the potential of the Global South in the center of discussions reflected by its title Voices of the Global South.

Two years after Tech4Dev 2016 the Sanakvo Foundation had another opportunity to learn about the challenges and approaches in the context of technology for development. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss, share and extend our network for future partnerships and collaborations.

March 2018, Brasilia, Brazil:

Participation and presentations in the 8th World Water Forum at the SWISS PAVILION

The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event which takes place every 3 years and is organized by the World Water Council (WWC), an international organization that brings together all those interested in the theme of water. Its mission is to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on Earth.

After having participated already in the 6th World Water Forum in 2012, it was a unique opportunity for the Sanakvo foundation to present the newest results from the field tests on island Sal (Cape Verde) in January 2018 to a broad and international community during the 8th World Water Forum.

January 2018, Sal Island, 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)

The Water Abundance XPRIZE is a $1.75 million competition meant to alleviate the global water crisis with energy-efficient technologies that harvest fresh water from thin air. Access to fresh water will be revolutionized by creating a device that extracts a minimum of 2000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using only renewable energy - and this at a cost of 2 cents per liter or less. This decentralized access to water will give people access to clean water, whenever and wherever it is needed.

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.

Innovation of the year 2012 Award December 2012 Press release

Contact: Dr. Jan Marc Lehky


Prague, Czech Republic, 7th of December 2012 – In the framework of the XIXth International Symposium INNOVATION 2012 held in Prague from 4th to 7th of December 2012, the new water from air technology has received the Innovation of the Year 2012 award. The award ceremony took place at the Wallenstein Palace, Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. The Innovation of the Year 2012 award was handed over to Dr. Pavel Lehky (president of the Sanakvo foundation board) and Dr. Jan-Marc Lehky (member of the Sanakvo board and CEO of our technology partner LAMBDA) by senator Ing. Petr Bratský and Ing. Karel Šperling, president of the Association of Innovative Entrepreneurship CR.

The Innovation of the Year award is a well-established tradition and was awarded this year for the seventeenth time. In 2012 from the 350 submitted projects 15 projects have been nominated for the innovation of the year award. From these the water from air technology has fulfilled all strict requirements and was awarded the first prize as Innovation of the Year 2012.

The new water-from-air technology was also presented on 4th December during the XIXth International Fair of Inventions and Innovations and has generated broad interest among the visitors.

We are very pleased, that the experts of the evaluating committee have recognized the innovation and importance of this revolutionary new water-from-air technology for all persons who today have to suffer from water scarcity or the lack of clean drinking water. We are confident that a new step was taken forward to enable the new collaborative partnerships for future implementation of this new water-from-air technology. Any support will help to promote a fast and broad implementation of this new technology around the world.

SANAKVO (in Esperanto “healthy water”) is a Swiss, non-profit, humanitarian foundation, which supports and supplies technology for extraction of clean drinking water from the air for the neediest people in the world. Since 2010 Sanakvo has chosen to support and implement this innovative technology and has chosen to cooperate with LAMBDA for this purpose.

6th World Water Forum in Marseille March 2012 Press release

Contact: Dr. Jan Marc Lehky


Marseille, France 17th of March 2012 – Sanakvo Foundation participated in the 6th World Water Forum held this year from 12th to 17th of March in Marseille (France).

With 140 ministerial delegations, 800 speakers, NGOs, and public and private sector representatives from all over the world, the forum represented a key step to the resolution of water related problems in the world, from sanitation and access to clean water for all populations, to energy questions, including water resources management in light of climate change and food security.

Invited by the Swiss Water Partnership, hosted by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), our aim was to make known SANAKVO’s innovative technology and noble project “Water from Air” to a large audience from allover the world.

We also wished to contact local authorities, institutions and individuals from regions with big water scarcity, in order to build collaborative partnerships to advance towards any possible field experimentations and future implementation of SANAKVO’s technology.

This participation was a decisive step towards the realization of the next phases of the project. We had the opportunity to network with relevant individuals, whose reactions about SANAKVO’s technology were overall positive. Over 800 brochures were personally handed over to interested persons. The next step will be to follow and re-contact them to start discussing and working on a concrete collaboration as soon as possible.

SANAKVO (in Esperanto “healthy water”) is a Swiss, non-profit, humanitarian foundation, which provides/develops an innovative solution for one of the biggest problems millions of people worldwide face every day: Water scarcity.

SANAKVO develops and supplies technology for extraction of clean drinking water from the air for the neediest people in the world.

A broad implementation of this new technology will have a huge positive impact on the planet.

The Board of Trustees is composed of experienced specialists, who are engaged to humanitarian and ethical activities and motivated to fight poverty and diseases through challenging modern sustainable technologies and networked projects to provide safe drinking water to people all over the world.