The State of Michoacán seeks to remain at the forefront in the creation of clean energy and recently opened the Nopalimex plant, the country’s first facility of its kind that generates biogas and electric power through the processing of cactus. The opening ceremony of the plant, located in the municipality of Zitácuaro, was attended by the State Governor Silvano Aureoles Conejo.
The Governor stressed that the generation of biogas will help protect the environment, since the intention is that public transport can convert their fleets to the use of natural gas. “This project shows what Michoacán is tenacious, creative, hardworking,” he said, highlighting the many benefits offered by this ambitious project that will allow more municipalities and producers to join this innovation.
Aureoles Conejo also explained that they plan to continue with this project with the implementation of a “green park” to plant cactus and install several biogas plants along the Siglo XXI highway and thus take advantage of this resource.
On the other hand, the Municipal President of Zitácuaro Carlos Herrera Tello recognized the support provided by the Governor for the start-up of this plant. “He accompanied us with resources to achieve this dream and with this important advance we already have a signed agreement to take the plant to different parts of the state,” he said.
Nopalimex technical director Miguel Anke Madera also indicated that this project is planned to be installed in different municipalities of Michoacán. “We plan to replicate more industrial-sized plants, to generate 12 million cubic meters of biogas annually,” he said.
Founded in 2007, Nopalimex is a company dedicated to the production of cactus, which is processed to be converted into biogas for automotive use, which will be offered at a lower cost than current conventional fuels while bringing great benefits for the state with the generation of jobs and environmental care. Last year, they put into operation a service station where for the first time cactus-based biogas was supplied to Zitácuaro drivers.
Biogas, which can be used as vehicle fuel, is a renewable and clean energy that is gaining momentum in the country and will be one of the key topics at AltFuels Mexico 2019, taking place on 11-14 March at the World Trade Center in Mexico City. The event will feature first level conferences and exhibition led by national and international experts and companies that will share their experiences and knowledge with visitors and showcase the latest in alternative fuel technologies. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Government of Michoacán