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Sandra Sassow

Sandra Sassow
SEaB Energy

Organization: SEaB Energy

What is SEaB Energy?

SEaB provides companies a turn-key waste to energy product which uses micro anaerobic digestion to convert organic waste into energy on-site at the source of the waste generation where the energy can be utilized continuously.

THE PROBLEM

Large amounts of organic waste are dumped into landfills or incinerated which contributes to GHG emissions (methane). Only 1 percent of food waste in the UK is diverted. But organic waste is actually a feedstock for anaerobic digestion (AD) converting the waste to energy as well as fertilizer. Presently, for those companies who want to leverage AD technology, the waste needs to be transported to processing facilities that have large-scale anaerobic digestors. This can be costly and has a negative environmental impact from the transportation process. In most cases, the environmental benefits of the energy conversion are negated by the energy footprint of transporting the waste. As well, the waste producers don’t receive the direct benefits of the energy conversion to electricity. What if you could have lower cost micro AD at the source of the waste?

THE INNOVATION

MUCKBUSTER® is a self-contained anaerobic digester, designed to process animal manure, organic or septic waste. The digestors can be configured to best suit food growers, livestock farmers and equestrian centres. MUCKBUSTER® converts what used to be waste, into biogas. The biogas can be used to heat water or create electricity. In addition, MUCKBUSTER® provides a source of organic fertilizer ready for spraying or in ground injection, and the dry mulch can be re-used as animal bedding.

Over a 3-week period, waste moves through a series of compartments and processes including the separation of waste into solids and liquids, pastereurization, and digestion. The digestion converts the pasteurized slurry into biogas and then the biogas is burned to produce electricity and heat. Excess biogas can be stored for later use.
”The best way to reduce the carbon footprint of waste is to transform it onsite into energy. This removes the need for the infrastructure for both the movement of waste and the transmission of power.” – Sandra Sassow, CEO of SEaB Energy Ltd.

THE VISION

SEaB Energy envisions being the market leader in micro scale anaerobic digestors globally by providing turn-key modular solutions for the emerging waste-to-energy market. Additionally, MUCKBUSTER® units can be deployed to provide disaster recovery and remote electrification solutions.

“Our vision is to reinstate waste disposal and processing to the localized level. Waste can be eliminated, along with the associated health risks, and the business or community reaps the benefits of the reuse of waste as energy.” – Sandra Sassow, CEO of SEaB Energy Ltd.

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May 18, 2016

by Eleanor Greene

 

In 2012 Sandra Sassow participated in LAUNCH’s Beyond Waste cycle on behalf of her company, SEaB Energy. SEaB is the designer and manufacturer of "micro power plants" that turn organic waste into heat, hot water or electricity. With these products, waste can turn to energy using micro anaerobic digestion without having to ship the waste elsewhere, meaning the energy can be used continuously, and no fuel needs to be wasted on shipping and disposing waste.

 

Right now, SEaB is in the middle of a push to be noticed by Virgin Media Business in VOOM 2016, a contest for UK and Irish innovators to win a chance to pitch to Virgin's Richard Branson for funding. Check out Sassow's pitch, and give SEaB your vote by May 23, 2016.

 

Sassow says what inspired her is when she sees waste being tipped into a SEaB unit and she can look to see how much energy that waste is creating being pumped back into the grid. She says “the potential to be involved in a cutting-edge technology that turns a problem into a universal solution is what does it for me.”

 

1. You were involved in Beyond Waste Cycle in 2012. What progress have you made on your innovation since LAUNCH?

 

SS: We have created a second product, in addition to Muckbuster™ which we brought to LAUNCH, which is called Flexibuster™, and is focused on converting catering waste to energy onsite in the future cities of the world. We have re-engineered our products to fit into 20 ft standard shipping containers for easier deployment to a variety of sites. We have representatives in eight countries and have deployed units onto large corporate sites in two countries so far. The company has grown to 22 staff, opened a prototyping and production facility and we operate our own testing laboratory to support our deployments. We have won numerous awards and seen 500 percent growth in the last year.

 

2. How has SEaB Energy made an impact on the world, or what impact are you excited about it having?

 

SS: We believe the future for energy generation is de-centralized and de-carbonized. Our technology allows waste to be converted to energy exactly at the point where the waste is generated and the energy is required. The carbon saving is monumental.

 

3. LAUNCH is all about connecting unexpected partners. Have you connected with any partners to get your innovation to where it is today?

SS: SEaB Energy’s successful market entry has been through partners and with the help of production partners. Established entities have worked with us to bring waste processing to sites where it would not normally be found – such as National Health Service Hospital sites in the UK.  By outsourcing our production for some of the larger components and working with supply chain partners, we have succeeded in creating an affordable alternative to waste collection.

4. What are you looking forward to the most in SEaB's future?

SEaB Energy is reshaping the way waste will be treated in the urban environments of the future and at the same time bringing reliable, affordable energy to sites which need power, such as African villages. I am looking forward to seeing our units deployed around the world, reducing the carbon footprint of waste and providing power, water and fertilizer to the users.

 
May 19, 2015

"SEaB Energy, a leading smart city innovator, has been selected to pilot their containerised, waste-to-energy technology at Canary Wharf after winning the second phase of the Cognicity Challenge. This will be the first time in thirty years that shipping containers will be seen at the former dockyard."

May 11, 2013

SEaB Energy, a LAUNCH: Beyond Waste alumni won this year's Resource Revolution Award with their micro-anaerobic digestion system that can be installed in a transportable shipping container. The Resource Revolution Award was presented to SEaB CEO Sandra Sassow on May 11, 2013. Pictured in the photograph is Louise Wallace from the UK AD & Biogas Association, Sandra Sassow CEO of SEaB Energy, Ltd, and MC for the event Oliver Heath.

February 27, 2013

Running under the headline of "SEaB Energy – allowing your business to convert its waste into energy. For free." is a great piece about LAUNCH: Energy innovator SEaB Energy. Read about how SEaB is able to convert waste into energy.

July 19, 2012

MuckBuster technology developed by Southampton, UK based biowaste to energy specialist, SEaB Energy has been selected as one of nine 'game changing' innovations that have the potential to transform the current waste management systems and practices by NASA backed sustainability initiative, LAUNCH: Beyond Waste.