SEaB Energy to pilot waste-to-energy technology at Canary Wharf

Written by: Geraldine Faulkner | Published:

SEaB Energy been selected to pilot its containerised, waste-to-energy technology at Canary Wharf after winning the second phase of the Cognicity Challenge.

According to the Southampton-based WtE specialist, this will be the first time in 30 years that shipping containers will be seen at the former dockyard.

Cognicity is a smart cities accelerator programme designed and delivered by ENTIQ for Canary Wharf Group (CWG). It was established to discover and support the development of future technologies with positive economic, social and environmental impacts.

SEaB Energy has developed a patented, micro power plant that turns food and organic waste into heat, energy and water directly on the site of where the waste is produced.

"This generates an attractive revenue stream, eliminates the need to transport food waste to distant processing plants and significantly reduces the site's carbon footprint," said Sandra Sassow, CEO of SEaB Energy. "This is becoming critical for new developments, as in order for them to comply with Part L of Building Regulations, their Building Emissions Rate (BER) or Dwelling Emissions Rate (DER), must be less than their Target Emissions Rate (TER)."

The CEO added: "Showcasing our game-changing technology right in the heart of the capital will allow us to demonstrate to businesses that their waste can be transformed into revenue and carbon offsets, even where space is at a premium. Not only does this make sound commercial sense, but it also helps meet their sustainability objectives and lower target emissions for new developments."

SEaB Energy has been awarded a £50,000 prize alongside the opportunity to implement their technology at Canary Wharf.

The award is also expected to kick-start the co-operation with Intel, the event sponsor, that will lead the two companies working together closely to incorporate Intel's latest technology into SEaB Energy's products.

Through Cognicity, CWG is reported to be facilitating new types of interaction between developers, large technology firms and startups. The programme also aims to successfully demonstrate interoperability through the use of Big Data and the Internet of Things.

SEaB Energy has recently launched its new generation Flexibuster micro power plant. The new Flexibuster is now housed in a compact 20 foot container and SEaB Energy has also boosted the performance of the unit further by lowering the parasitic load and increasing the efficiency of the anaerobic digestion.

"The system configuration has also been markedly simplified to allow for plug and play installation and reduced footprint," added SEaB Energy's CEO.

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