Kealan was born in BC and grew up on Vancouver Island, where he learned the importance of sustainable living. After graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering at McGill University in 2006, he worked extensively for two years in the biogas and composting industry in Quebec and England. He went on to complete an MSc in Agricultural Engineering in the Netherlands in 2010, returning to BC where he founded Off-Grid Gas in 2011.
Over the past 9 years, Kealan has drawn on his experiences and connections in Europe and Canada to design, build and operate 10 complete, automated small-scale biogas systems, including pilot systems and farm systems, as well as several rental units. His clients have included researchers, sites with off-grid residences, farms such as hydroponic and soil based greenhouses, livestock operations, arable and silviculture, as well as local governments and engineering companies.
Iredale Architects Group, Taste of BC Aquafarm, The Garden Living Lettuce, Phoenix Mats, Cowichan Energy Alternatives, The Community of Gameti, The Capital Regional District, Traxx Developments, Stantec and Symbiaudit Inc.
Kealan continues to be involved in international work and research, he was a main presenter at "Micro-Biogas in Western Europe: The Technology, its Role, and Applications" held in Belgium in 2018 as well as giving a presentation on digeponics, the field of "Biogas West - The Canadian Biogas Association" Held in Vancouver in January of 2020.
Srishti is our other anaerobic digester consultant, she works with Kealan to help keep things organized
and accurate. She comes from a background of chemical process engineering, and at a young age she
has already developed a lot of knowledge on a variety of chemical and biological processes relevant to
biogas and nutrient recovery in India and in Canada, as well as being closely involved in developing our
TMP service (theoretical methane potential estimation-see services). Srishti holds an M.Eng and also completed a minor in business management, so she has a strong combination of skills as a TMP consultant, which includes valuation of biogas, fertilizer and waste disposal flows on a given farm or site.
Maryam is our wizard in the Internet of Things. Maryam took the hands-on experience in Engineering, Robotics, Automation, and smart home technologies at UBC. She is improving our ability to manage remote system communication, and develop our software, and circuits, then analyze our data. We started this in 2013 and we now have dependable monitoring, which is improving all the time. Maryam has developed our method of remote digester monitoring and control through the web, that we now rely on. Our embedded systems report and log data on a regular basis for monitoring, and an onsite micro-computer that Maryam can control from anywhere, and can also be checked on site with a small touch screen. Thanks Maryam for keeping our digesters online!
Vaughan is our fearless technician, who has learned everything about what to do and what not to do when building and operating small digesters. He has been working for Off-Grid Gas since 2013 and has performed operational tasks on a regular basis for two digesters on Salt Spring and in Duncan including ongoing feedstock hauling, grinding and pumping services. Vaughan also has experience assembling, installing equipment and delivery to remote locations, as well as operational check-up service, repairs, and maintenance. He also has experience with fertilizer batch preparation, and digester commissioning. Thanks Vaughan for keeping our digesters alive!