Wastewater Purification

We are designing and installing mechanical and natural systems for wastewater purification. Our focus is on the reuse of water for gardens and vegetables patches reducing the use of water. You can take advantage of existing facilities such as septic tanks thanks to our systems.
On the Isabela Island exists the largest swamp in Ecuador that treats the waters of 1,500 inhabitants and 100,000 tourists annually. A metal tank serves as a primary treatment separating the sludge. From the sedimentation tank the wastewater passes to the second treatment phase which is divided into two parts. First, two artificial 20m x 50m swamps are purifying the wastewater. The water is then distributed in the two second pools of the same size, both running in parallel to facilitate maintenance. The treated waters are discharged into a crevice. Every year external monitoring is carried out to check the operation. 
We have several projects with hotels (Hotel Fiesta, Hotel Isla Azul, Galapagos Habitat) and homes in the Galapagos. You can take a tour to learn more about the projects and the different ways you can take advantage of the purified sewage water.
Es muy importante comprobar el funcionamiento de sistemas de tratamiento con mediciones frecuentes. Durante el monitoreo de los proyectos existentes verificamos que nuestros sistemas cumplen con los estándares ecuatorianos. Al mismo tiempo existe un uso muy elevado de detergentes y químicos en algunos sitios. Por tal motivo es muy importante utilizar alternativas amigables al ambiente. Muchas veces el nombre “biodegradable” no tiene significado porque no está vinculado con ninguna norma.
Thus, it is extremely important to adequately investigate the origin and method of use of these products. In our store there are friendly alternatives to the environment.

Flexible water collection tanks

Drought during the year due to lack of rain or storage of water for human consumption or agricultural activities is a reality that afflicts the inhabitants of the Galapagos. It is the same phenomenon that the Galapagos terrestrial ecosystem is confronted with. The Opuntia cactus has become an expert in water storage, which is used by many animals such as iguanas and land birds. Within its thick leaves the cactus can store water for up to several months. Observing this phenomenon we cooperate with the company RCY of France which offers resistant and flexible PVC tanks for the storage of water for human consumption. 
Compared to conventional tanks, these tanks are hermetic and do not allow the entry of mosquitoes or detrimental algae. In addition, they certified in Europe for drinking water storage. We offer three sizes for the agricultural sector: 10m3, 50m3 and 100m3.


solar heaters

One of the most efficient ways to use solar energy is through a solar heater. The functioning of the solar heater is the same as that used by the marine iguana. With its dark skin it absorbs solar radiation and warms up. Its thick skin works as an insulation to maintain the temperature. Once at its maximum temperature, it enters the cold sea and seeks its food. When the temperature in its body decreases, the iguana returns to the land and rests on volcanic stones. Once dawn breaks, the sun announces the start of a new cycle. The solar heater works in a similar way.
Orcatec has installed more than 200 solar heaters in the Galapagos and continental Ecuador since 2012. CHROMAGEN systems come from Israel and have been on the market for more than 30 years. They are robust, the interior is washable from salt and sediment and contains an electrical support in case solar radiation does not supply the system. The guarantee of operation is 10 years with its own maintenance. The systems also work on cloudy days.
In Galapagos we have facilities at the Hotel Casa Marita in Isabela, Hotel Fiesta and Isla Azul in Santa Cruz and Hotel Arena Blanca in San Cristóbal. Maintenance is once per year.


The best known way of using solar energy is through a photovoltaic system. It consists of photovoltaic panels, solar chargers, an inverter and a battery bank. As batteries are polluting, we opted for systems with more use of solar energy during the day and the lowest possible use of battery.
There are two types of photovoltaic systems: systems WITH connection to the electrical network called “grid-tie” and systems WITHOUT connection to the electrical network that are called “island” system or autonomous.
Los sistemas grid-tie son típicos para urbanizaciones, estos sistemas puedan inyectar la energía sobrante a la red eléctrica y puedan recoger esta energía en la noche. Es decir, la red de la empresa eléctrica funciona como una batería gigante. Estos sistemas son muy interesantes para clientes con altos costos eléctricos.
The island system is more common in distant places such as farms, farms or tourist sites. They are typically more expensive because they include a battery bank. At the same time, they also work when there is a power outage.
The two systems can also be combined to receive both benefits. Write us to tell us about your project.


“We have chosen to use renewable energy as a good environmental option”
Andrew Balfour
Residente Galapagos
“The use of clean energy promotes good environmental practices on the island”
Cecilia Baquero
Hotel Posada del Mar
“Implementing renewable energy is an obligation of any responsible business”
John Garate
Hotel Torre Mar
“Using renewable energy is a logical step if one cares about the environment. Orcatec is an excellent, attentive and professional company.”
Cindy Manning
Naturalist Guide, Galapagos Resident
"The use of the solar heaters represents a key saving for the hotel regarding economic and energy issues"
José Ignacio Gutierrez
Hotel La Isla


Iguana Cup

In this initiative we want to motivate young people, tourists and locals to connect with nature. Iguana Cup was created to show that there are very few species in the world left which had no contact with disposable plastics yet, one of them being the Pink Iguana of the Isabela Island. What can we learn from this species? Reuse cups, reject disposables and spread the word. 


Pirata de Galapagos

Nature has an abundance that cannot be imagined. However, we have many dependencies (oil, pharmaceutical, etc.). What would it be like if we started taking advantage of its abundance in other ways? In Pirata de Galapagos we create different alcohols with local flavors.

Let's make awesome things, together!