One Mexican firm has taken that fairly actually, harnessing the ability of the prickly pear cactus to supply biofuel.
Described because the “inexperienced gold of Mexico,” the nopal plant — already a staple in Mexican diets, medication and cosmetics — is pureed and combined with manure by a clear power firm referred to as Nopalimex.
The combination is then left to decompose, a course of which produces methane.
Situated in Michoacán, central Mexico, Nopalimex makes use of the methane — round eight tons every day — to gas a machine referred to as a biodigestor, which powers their corn chip and cactus chip manufacturing.
However they’ve additionally been testing the leftover combination in native authorities autos within the close by metropolis of Zitacuaro.
In 2015, the corporate turned the world’s first cactus-powered plant with the intention of discovering a renewable various to gas, whereas additionally creating social and financial advantages for Mexico.
So long as the nopals are recurrently replanted, the method is nearly totally sustainable, producing solely water and nopal waste which can be utilized to fertilize crops.
Nopalimex say the biogas will value simply 12 pesos (US $zero.65) per liter, round a 3rd cheaper than the price of common gasoline and estimates the fleet of buses and vehicles with the modified tanks will scale back their gasoline use by a minimum of 40%.
Cactus-fueled clear air? That is certain to prickle the flamboyant of Mexicans in all places.