Can an Unknown Israeli Save the World From Ecological Disaster?

An unemployed Israeli ecologist believes he has the answer to the world's environmental woes.

Georg Hoehne
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Max Nadel has a problem. His problem is that he believes he has the solution to global warming, the fuel crisis and high energy costs. While it would be fair to assume that having such a solution was hardly a problem, for Max Nadel it is - because nobody is listening.

An unemployed Israeli ecologist, Nadel cannot afford to travel to the UN or to meet with leading scientists in the field of renewable energy. He can afford a small room in a rundown apartment building in Tel Aviv and that's about it. He has the answers in his head, but not on a document he could send to the people who are desparate for them.

Nadel's idea is called the TOTEM (total energy modulation) model, an idea he says is as simple as it is brilliant. The premise is that a machine creates energy through steam, heat produced by solar cells, and the cooling liquid used in biogas power plants. (The biogas plant uses organic waste on a small scale to create electricity, drinking water and heat. The water is purified and used to create energy.)

Theoretically, TOTEM could support a small community, making it independent from external power and infrastructure. (Click here for diagram)

Nadel says that this combination of renewable energy can be enriched by all the other forms that people use. This means that TOTEM could be made far more efficient when combined with wind, thermal energy and the energy of rivers and the sea.

As easy as this idea seems, nobody has ever really implemented it. Even so, says Nadel, everything is technically possible, and his system would pay for itself after a few years, especially given rising energy costs.

For Nadel, the combination of the steam machine and green power plants is a revolutionary idea which has not yet been used by anyone else. This, he says, is the key to saving the planet.

He doesn't know exactly how, but Nadel hopes that when his Web site goes live next month, someone will take the idea and run with it.

At 55 years of age, white-haired and unemployed, Nadel is pessismistic, but has an idea and a hope that he could change the world, if only somebody would listen.

Visit Nadel's Web site at



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