HomeBiogas de Israel leads the climate technology field at COP27

Al cruzar la puerta principal de la oficina de HomeBiogas en Beit Yanai (un moshav a un tiro de piedra de Netanya), no se reconocería immediatente como la sede de una de las principales technological solutions del país, recognized mundialmente.

A la izquierda hay una hirera de oficinas independientes, elegantes y bien construidas, con madera contrachapada y abacada. To the right, there is a large principal office, constructed with recycled and recovered materials, which gives the appearance of a wooden cabin (si ves macetas colgantes rebosantes de hojas de té, albahaca y tamillo frescos, es que te has pasado).

Y más adelante -betrás de la kitchen exterior- there is an ample garden, replete with edible vegetation and which houses several models of the company’s patented product: and an autonomous “biogas digestor” which converts organic waste into liquid fertilizer and natural gas.

Si se da un paseo por las instalaciones, se dará cuenta de que la producción de fertilizante liquido de la unita puede conectarse directa al sistema rego por teeo de un jardín, con lo que se obtenien saludable y abunden parcels de cultivos que se alimentan de los restos de comida reciclados. The gas that produces could cook your food (in a stove of the brand of the company) and, if you decide to work on a bike, could heat the water of your shower (situada justo detrás de la cabina del inodoro de compostaje).

Many climate technology companies “talk about the solution to global environmental problems and the fight against climate change, but at almost all levels – from the use of their own products to their monthly meetings on improving self-sustainability” de la oficina- HomeBiogas hace lo que debe hacer.

So much so that the company has been selected as one of the ten that will represent the State of Israel and its climate solutions on the world stage next week at the annual Conference of the United Nations on Climate Change (better known as COP27 – Conference de las Partes #27) in Sharm e-Sheikh, Egypt.

What is HomeBiogas?

Since the announcement of the past month, in which it was declared part of the Israeli delegation at COP27, the company has been working rapidly to prepare the aspects of its company that want to stand out in the world stage.

“No solemos mostrar lo que va a ser en el futuro. We like to show real impact and where we can collaborate with organizations, governments and the private sector”, according to Yair Teller, co-founder of HomeBiogas. “Cada persona que compra un sistema: somos socios suyos para lograr un cambio real”.

Teller es el innovator original que ideó el concepto central de HomeBiogas. Se sentó conmigo para una interviewa, antes de tener que salir corriendo a otra reunión, con el presidente Isaac Herzog.

As a student of marine biology, Teller became fascinated with the conversion of organic waste into natural gas when, during his journey through the mountains of India, he met a family that used natural gas to cook their meals in the place of animal excrements. carbón vegetal, como hacía most de la gente de la region.

HomeBiogas de Israel leads the climate technology field at COP27
Yair Teller, president and co-founder of HomeBiogas, in the house of president Herzog before COP27 (credit: HOMEBIOGAS)

“Les pregunté: ‘vale, estáis en medio de las montañas, ¿de dónde sacáis el gas?”. Teller recalled. “Me mostraron un agujero [que habían cavado] cerca de su casa, donde echaban el estiércol de los animales, y se producía un gas que [capturaban y] utilizaban para alimentar su estufa’.

Ver que las familias utilización sus residuos como recurso limpio para cocinar sus comidas fue un momento eureka para Teller. “Desde ese momento me obsessioné”, he said. Al volver a Israel, orientó sus académica studies y su career hacia la creación de un sistema que permitiera a la gente de todo el mundo do the same in a comfortable, efficient and manageable form.

FINE YEARS LATER, HomeBiogas has developed a series of easy-to-install composters in a range of models suitable for homes, restaurants and agricultural installations, and has sold 20,000 units worldwide. Teller pointed out that HomeBiogas has the potential to have an enormous impact on the climate in several ways, from the reduction of energy spent in the transport of organic waste to landfills, to the prevention of water pollution due to the disposal of waste y la salvación de los árboles para que no se conviertan en combustible para cocinar en las zonas rurales, reduciendo al miso tiempo el riesgo de enfermedades respiratoryas caused by la contamination interior.

Hundreds of HomeBiogas units are also used in educational centers in Israel and around the world to give students a practical example of the impact that innovative ideas can have in the world and in their health.

“Gandhi dijo ‘Sé el cambio’: nosotros somos el cambio. We have this technology in our houses. Ahora tenemos que enseñar el cambio que queremos ver en el mundo”, said Teller.

“¿De qué hablan los adolescentes hoy en día? Hablan del clima; eso es lo que les preocupa y saben que tienen que cambiarlo. Así que necesitan tener acceso a herramientas para aprender: cualquier cosa que sea interesante, que sea innovatura, que sea practica, que no se solo escribir en la pizarra en el aula. Eso es muy importante”.

For Teller, the mission of the company to influence the climate is not solo and business, but it also responds to a more personal aspiration. Le pregunté si considera su trabajo un acto ecologista.

“Sí, soy ecologista, pero…”, dijo el empresario environmental, deteniendo a mitad de la frase. “No, no I ecologismo. Solo quiero que mis nietos tengan una buena vida, y ésta es mi manera de conseguirlo”.

About the author: Zachy Hennessey is reporter de Negocios e Innovación Tecnológica de The Jerusalem Post.

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