Brief introduction to ….Saskia Strating
Saskia Strating is project manager at HoSt. HoSt supplies within Empyro the knowledge and engineering of the combustor, the boiler and the flue gas cleaning.
What is your function at HoSt?
My role at HoSt is that of project manager and process engineer specialized in the field of wood fired power plants and flue gas cleaning. I have been working at HoSt for nearly 20 years now. Directly after graduating Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente I started to work for HoSt. My graduation project was in the field of desulphurization and HoSt was looking for someone with knowledge in that field. I never really felt the need to work somwehere else. Within HoSt you get a lot of freedom and responsability and my tasks are divers. Besides that, HoSt has experienced a lot of growth and development. This keeps my work exciting and interesting.
Can you elaborate on HoSt?
HoSt supplies bio-energy systems; bio-gas installations for farms and industry, wood fired boilers, combined heat and power plants and fluidized bed gasification plants. HoSt originated around 25 years ago from Holec Projects and Stork. Since 1999 it's an independent company. HoSt is one of the biggest suppliers of bio-gas installations for nearly any type of organic waste, like sewage sludge, biodegradable waste and slaughterhouse waste. HoSt currently has around 80 employees (60 in the Netherlands, 10 in Latvia, 3 in Poland and in both France and the United Kingdom 1) and is still growing. It is an innovative company where a new product is developed almost every year, for example thermal pressure hydrolysis, biogas generation to natural gas. HoSt has its own lab and work floor in Enschede. Managing director and owner of HoSt is Herman Klein Teeselink. To me he is the creative mind of HoSt; I am delighted to work with him.
What is the role of HoSt within Empyro?
HoSt is responsible for the part containing the combustor and the steam production, including the flue gas cleaning. Electricity is generated with steam and a turbine and the electricity is used in the pyrolysis process. The remaining 'low pressure steam' is transported to the neighbors of Empyro, Akzo Nobel. The strenght of Empyro is the extensive knowledge of steam. Empyro is a great project to work on, it is a step forward in creating a sustainable energy supply. The succes of this project will be crucial to the future of BTG-BTL and we will do everything we can to support this.
What are your interests besides your job?
I play tennis, a lot and with great pleasure. I also like to organize things for our tennis club; activities for the youth like camps and tournaments. I have children of my own; three boys of 11, 13 and 15 years old. So by living with 4 men both at home and at work I am always outnumbered as a woman. That's not a real problem, it's not something I dwell on. Furthermore, I love gardening. We have a big garden and a small vegetable garden where I like to grow all kinds of vegetables. Sometimes this succeeds better than other times.
At home I'm always trying to make life more sustainable, which occasionnaly drives my husband crazy. I'm always coming up with something new to address. Solar panels, a shower with heat recovery, woodstove, floor heating and so on. In the end we should do all we can do to pursue a sustainable society.