The Nopalimex is a biodigester powered by a cactus (nopal) widely found in Mexico.

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Nopalimex is a biodigester developed by Miguel Aké entirely powered by nopal, a cactus. The plant benefits from economies of scale and low transport cost, as the crop is grown around the biodigester plant. The biogas produced is used in the factory for making corn and cactus chips, as well as in a gen-set for electricity. Some is cleaned of carbon dioxide and provided as bio-methane, which can be used in modified vehicles.

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Nopalimex is the sole distributor in Mexico. This firm generates gas and electricity using nopal biomass.

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Investment costs are 2.17 million USD (40 million pesos)Data from 2016

Each liter of nopal biogas sells for 12 pesos (0.61 USD)Converted September 2019

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G2E Biomass Gasification Plant for large-scale biogas plant in Mexico

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

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Micro-enterprises, industries, public services in Mexico that need electricity or biofuel

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