ACT2 Technologies was founded by Capt. Craig Tafoya and Alfredo Teran (deceased). Teran was a successful NASA Engineer who developed several uses of Ozone for the Kennedy Space Center. After leaving NASA, Teran, along with Louis Mangiacapra, developed biological systems to digest organic waste to pure water using biological and Ozone processes. Mangiacapra (Louis) is still one of the leading experts in aerobic and anaerobic digestion with many years experience in remote areas of Central America cleaning discharge waters from tanneries, textile facilities and pig farms. Louis also installed the systems in the Netherlands to remove and treat Legionella from older retirement facilities during his “Dragonfly” days.
One of the many systems developed by Teran was the DRAGONFLY system which used a biological process as well as Ozone to digest sewage to pure water. In 2008, Captain Tafoya joined Teran as a worldwide DRAGONFLY Marine Distributer/Dealer to introduce the systems to the MarineMarket.
Another system developed by the Dragonfly team was a process to biologically digest a entire animal (bones, cartilage, hair, meat, etc.) to water in just a couple days. This process was developed to eliminate diseased animals with not traces of DNA.
In 2008 the International Super-Yacht Society awarded the Dragonfly System with the first “Excellence In Innovation Award” for the Dragonfly Systems.
Knowing that Ozone was not an ideal solution for a closed environment, Tafoya redesigned the Dragonfly System and presented the design to Teran. A decision was made to build a unit at Tafoya’s facility in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2009 the new system was tested by three independent laboratories and found the product water not only surpassed the Dragonfly system for water quality, it also surpassed the water quality for the city of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and without the use of chemicals.
The third lab to test the water was also a U.S, Coast Guard approved lab that was qualified to certify the system for the 159(55) (now 227(64)) regulations that came into play on January 1st, 2010. This Lab was commissioned and 13 units were USCG, IMO/MEPC certified under the new regulations.
In Late 2009 both Alfredo T and Craig T formed ACT2 Technologies together as equal partners.
Sadly, in 2013, Alfredo passed away while on a job in North Florida. Alfredo’s widow sold his shares to Tafoya in 2014.
Tafoya was in charge of the entire Project Design, Project Development, Project Management, and Delivery Captain of the 96m (316′) motoryacht, LIMITLESS. Tafoya managed the Limitless Project during the 8 years of research and design as well as the 3 years of construction at what was then, a commercial yard known as Lurssen Werft (renamed Lurssen Yachts after the Limitless Project). Tafoya captained Limitless for 4 years before moving ashore for other projects that could better the Marine Industry.
As with the Limitless project, the Piranha systems were also ahead of their time. When the newer, more stringent regulations were passed, the ACT2 Technologies, Piranha systems already met the new specifications with NO equipment modifications, equipment changes, or equipment testing. Piranha did not need to go back to the drawing board and start over. This means the Piranha 227(64) units have been in production longer than others.