Kealan was born in BC and grew up on Vancouver Island, where he learned the importance of sustainable living. After graduating with a B Civil Eng. at McGill in '06, he worked for two years in the biogas and composting industry in Quebec and England. Kealan spent 2 years at Wageningen University engaged in research and development of biogas technologies. Since that time he has provided services for small scale biogas digesters in Western and Northern Canada.
Kealan was honoured to talk about "digeponics*", at the biogas trade show "Biogas West - The Canadian Biogas Association" Held in Vancouver in January of 2020.
*The practice of using diluted, adjusted digestate as a hydroponic plant food.
Yodit Kebede (Ph.D) is our advisor for projects in Europe and Africa. She is an agricultural engineer, with a wide range of experience in agroecology, natural pest control and soil and water management. Yodit works from the field to landscape scale and at both the scientific and policy level. She has field work experience in Ethiopia, Belgium, West Africa and worked with major universities (Wageningen University, University of Louvain la Neuve) and international organizations (UN FAO, CTA, French national Research Institute for Development) in agricultural and food sector. She also has extensive life experience in several African countries including Ethiopia, Madagascar and Guinea. As an engineer who speaks several languages, including communicating with non-experts in non-technical language, she is helping Off-Grid Gas to identify clients and projects that can serve all parties involved, as well as the aims of the agroecology movement, namely to make farming more resilient and sustainable.
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. Thanks Maryam for keeping our digesters online!
Vaughan is our seasoned technician, who has learned everything and anything that can go wrong when delivering and operating digesters. He has been working for Off-Grid Gas since 2013. He has provided maintenance and operational tasks for several digesters in the Cowichan area and can make once per month visit to feed your digester or annual maintenance checks. Thanks for keeping our digesters alive!