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Will you help us bring power and water to villages in India?

Village FLEXIBUSTER™: using on-site organic waste and sewage sludge to generate renewable energy, water and fertiliser for the village.

Will you help us bring power and water to villages in India?

Village FLEXIBUSTER™: using on-site organic waste and sewage sludge to generate renewable energy, water and fertiliser for the village.

pledged of £120,000pledged of £120,000 goal
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, March 17 2018 4:06 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 17, 2018

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About

We are SEaB Energy and we have a dream: one day, people will be able to source their own power and water from their own waste, anywhere in the world. 

In the developed world, we take for granted that we have access to electricity at the press of a button and fresh water at a turn of a tap. For millions of people in rural communities across the globe the reality is much different. Our vision is to empower these communities with technology that not only provides them with these two basic necessities but also, potentially, recurring revenue streams from the surplus energy sold back to the grid and from saleable organic fertiliser.

SEaB Energy is a start-up that developed world leading technology in decentralised waste management - the FLEXIBUSTER™ - which delivers power and water to where they are needed the most and helps tackle climate change.

We chose India to be the first country in the world to have FLEXIBUSTERS™ delivered to its rural communities.

Recognising that the challenge would be financially and logistically almost impossible without external help, SEaB Energy is looking forward to joining Phase 2 of the state government and the University of California Berkeley at the ‘Berkeley - Andhra Smart Village Project’. One major project aim is to provide a source of sustainable, cheap and clean energy that is localised and can be easily implemented in the thousands of villages across the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.

We need your help.

For the Andhra Pradesh village offering, the FLEXIBUSTERS™ will take village organic waste and sewage sludge and convert it into biogas, which will then be used to create electricity to be used at the village level. The systems will also provide a source of nutrient-rich, organic, liquid fertiliser to be used by local farms or sold to a neighbouring village to generate an additional revenue stream. A fertiliser-bagging unit can be added to the systems, which will separate this by-product into bagged solid fertiliser and grey water. The water can be used for the toilets, for washing or for irrigation.

Close-loop Village FLEXIBUSTER™ Solution
Close-loop Village FLEXIBUSTER™ Solution

SEaB Energy will also generate jobs and improve the skills of the villagers by training them to support installation, operation and maintenance. They will become SEaB certified mechanical, plumbing and electrical technicians.

You can read more about our participation in this project here.

SEaB Energy needs your help to ship two FLEXIBUSTER™ units for £120,000. An extra £60,000 will allow us to add a fertiliser bagging unit to these systems. Any other amount will be used to improve the conditions of the villagers and the interaction with the system, for example, by adding a component to pre-process the food waste.

The villagers in Andhra Pradesh, India, need your support.

We can impact village life by treating 250kg per day of organic waste plus 350kg sewage sludge, per FLEXIBUSTER™. The system will capture the energy and fertiliser values in the sludge, reducing the health risks attributable to untreated sewage. This ties up with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Mission, a campaign that aims to clean up the streets, roads and infrastructure of India's cities, smaller towns, and rural areas.

When adding a fertiliser bagging unit to the FLEXIBUSTER™, the availability of grey water will reduce the need for well water. Fertiliser costs can be greatly reduced by local production of either liquid or bagged dry fertiliser. 

So, wonderful backers, let’s come together to make the world a better place for everyone, everywhere, today.

The SEaB Energy Team hopes that, together with you, we can make dreams come true.

SEaB Energy, The Team
SEaB Energy, The Team

About SEaB Energy and our technology:

SEaB Energy is a multiple award-winning and innovative start-up, based in the UK, with a subsidiary in the USA. We are the inventors of the FLEXIBUSTER™ and the MUCKBUSTER™: small-scale waste-to-energy systems that convert on-site organic waste into valuable resources.

In 2015, the United Nations adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. In 2017, SEaB Energy joined Unreasonable Goals, a partnership between governments, multinationals, and Unreasonable Group with the singular focus of accelerating our ability to achieve these noteworthy goals by leveraging market forces. We represent SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

SEaB Energy is currently participating in the PeaceTech Accelerator, a major international peacetech program powered by cloud innovation and dedicated to scaling start-ups around the world. The Accelerator is supported by C5 Capital Limited, Amazon Web Services, SAP National Security Services, and PeaceTech Lab.

The FLEXIBUSTER™ is modular, factory assembled, stackable and enables low-cost delivery, rapid installation and ease of operation. The systems are fully automated, remotely monitored and controlled, small-scale appliances housed in 20' or 40' intermodal shipping containers. The process behind our product is anaerobic digestion (AD) - a biological process in which bacteria break down organic matter in the absence of oxygen, producing biogas. 

Advantages of using a FLEXIBUSTER™
Advantages of using a FLEXIBUSTER™

 

Risks and challenges

The two FLEXIBUSTER™ systems (Version MBv4) that SEaB Energy will ship need to be refurbished to suit the project. We estimate 3 weeks of work after the funds are received.

We estimate that the systems will be in transit to Mori, India for around 8 - 10 weeks. After the systems are at their final location, commissioning will take around 1 month. The CHP (Combined Heat and Power engine) that goes with it, will be shipped from China, so transit time will be different. Therefore, we are estimating around 5 months until we are able to commission the systems.

We are new to doing business in India but have an experienced local partner, supported by the UC Berkeley team on the ground and the backing of the State Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Working with village staff to support the unit will be new for SEaB. We have an existing training programme and skilled project managers that will be adapted for the purpose.

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