Gavin Grant


Gavin Grant has more than 10 years of experience in the field of environmental remediation and the development and implementation of the Self-sustaining Treatment for Active Remediation (STAR) technology. He completed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, under the direction of Dr. Jason Gerhard and Prof. Jose Torero – the co-inventors of the STAR technology. Dr. Grant is the Operations lead for Savron and has been the primary project manager, director, or technical lead on all STAR-related projects to date.

Dr. Grant continues to advance the state of the practice as a frequent presenter at events and lectures focused on soil contamination and organic waste disposal.

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STAR and STARx: Smouldering Solutions for Contaminated Soils and Liquid Organic Wastes

STAR (in situ) and STARx (ex situ) are innovative thermal technologies based on the principles of smouldering combustion where the contaminants are the source of fuel. Once the process is initiated (ignited), the energy of the reacting contaminants /waste materials is used to pre-heat and initiate combustion of contaminants in adjacent areas, propagating a combustion front in a self-sustaining manner (i.e., no external energy or added fuel input following ignition) provided a sufficient flux of air is supplied.