About Us

Who are we?

We are a group of motivated professionals from different areas such as renewable energy, water management, natural pools, sustainable construction, and solid waste management.

Estamos fascinados con las Orcas y su forma de moverse en el mar en perfecta sincronización con su alrededor. En Galápagos tenemos una población residente de las Orcas.

Our Mission

We feel privileged to live on this planet. For this reason, we have the obligation to improve the "human management." Our mission is to multiply our projects and disseminate the experiences we have obtained by collaborating with other enterprises and stakeholders.

We want to publish the solutions and motivate people to spend time in nature. So that each one begins to move his grain of sand.

What do we do?

We learn from our natural environment in the Galapagos by observing nature, imitating natural processes, avoiding waste and carrying out projects to learn and reduce the human's environmental footprint.

 

Our Story

Orcatec started in 2013 by installing the first solar heaters in Galapagos. From there we have installed more than 100 solar heaters. In 2018, we installed the first photovoltaic system in Puerto Ayora.

In 2015, the first natural wastewater purification plant was installed in the municipality of Isabela. Based on this project, a public-private project (PPP) was carried out with the German Development Bank (SDR) in 2016 that included the construction of a compact plant for a hotel and an artificial swamp for the Santa Cruz Fishing Cooperative. In the next VIDEO you can get more information about this project.

Since 2017, we started with the Iguana Cup initiative that is linked to the history of the endemic pink iguana of the Isabela Island. The objective is to have a product that is accessible to young people and tourists. Iguana Cup can be a memory of Galapagos or the beginning of change to certain user habits. Until January 2020, we had more than 2000 glasses in use. We want to continue to find other daily use products that belong to the circular economy.

We are convinced that we need urgent actions to mitigate climate change. Everyone has their responsibility to do his part and to be an example to follow. We want to be examples by acting and trying new ways of living in harmony with the nature. Along the way there will be falls, but we always learn something and move forward in our projects.

Meet our Team

A group of technicians with a common ideology, providing environmental solutions and learning from the nature

Max Martín

Manager of Orcatec with over 15 years of experience in providing environmental solutions in different countries. Since 2011 he is working in the Galapagos and is fascinated by the orcas and penguins.

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Sergio Peña

Expert in the installation and maintenance of solar heaters and water purification plants. He likes music and sea lions very much.

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Luna Barragán

Biologist, and in charge of the management and administration of Orcatec, she understands the environmental needs and helps the technical team to provide solutions for the clients

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Fernando Espinosa

Instructor and builder of natural pools, stabilized earth domes and agro-ecological platforms. Advisor for community design and sustainable ecotourism.




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Sebastian Finke

Sebastian is specialized in Life Cycle Assessment, sustainable mobility solutions and photovoltaic integration. His latest field of research is on how the Blockchain technology can contribute to a more competitive implementation of electricity from solar energy and electric mobility.