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

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Nopalimex is a biodigestor developed by Miguel Aké entirely powered by nopal, a cactus. The plant benefits from economies of scale and also no transport cost, as the crop is grown around it. The biogas produced is used in the factory for making corn and cactuschips, as well as in a genset for electricity. Some is cleaned of carbon dioxide and provided as biomethane, which can be used in modified vehicles.

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Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Nopalimex is the sole distributor in Mexico, they can be contacted through their Facebook page.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

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

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Bioworks and G2E Biomass Gasification Plant for large-scale biomass in Mexico. Sistema Biobolsa BB40 for smaller-scale biogas in Mexico.

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

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

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

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