Three years ago, a 40-year-old Israeli company decided to chart a new path. Now, Energy Industries, once known mostly as a piping and boiler firm, has transformed into a leader in energy conservation.
“The core of our philosophy is providing different energy solutions for different needs and coming up with creative methods to tackle challenges specific to businesses and their surrounding environment,” CEO Zion Suki said of the company’s new mission.
In Israel, the company cuts back on energy costs by harnessing the power of the sun and pairing solar panels with massive boilers to help heat and provide hot water to Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Prison Authority.
The company has also paired up with the other Western nations to help eliminate greenhouse gases by working with developing and under-resourced nations to build sustainable infrastructure, in accordance with the 2005 Kyoto Protocol, part the of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Currently, the company is working in Ghana to develop a power plant that will convert naturally-occurring methane from organic waste into energy. The plant, once completed, will provide a much-needed power source for the community while cutting back on greenhouse gases and eliminating the need to burn wood or fossil fuels.
In Georgia, the Energy Industry team has also implemented a novel way to heat greenhouses, allowing the community to grow fresh fruits and vegetables year-round, using natural resources available at little or no cost.
In one situation, this meant redirecting water from a local hot spring into pipes used to heat the hothouse. In another, the team used gas from a local smelting plant to turn a polluting gas into a green heating source.
Suki said that finding a locally available, green resource is at the heart of Energy Industries’ mission, whether harnessing the sun in Israel or discovering untapped energy sources in Ghana, Georgia and other countries the company works.
“We always ask our clients about the area in which they are operating, to see whether there is a solution involving a natural resource in the vicinity,” Suki explained, added that the use of natural resources is the key strategy in energy conservation and sustainable planning.