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Meet the company turning cactus juice into fuel

Published 1017 GMT (1817 HKT) March 19, 2019
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In 2015, Nopalimex became the world's first cactus-powered plant, harnessing the power of the nopal -- or prickly pear cactus -- to produce biofuel. OMAR TORRES/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
For years, the nopal has been a staple part of Mexican cuisine, medicine and cosmetics but now another use has been found for this multipurpose plant -- powering cars. OMAR TORRES/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Described as the "green gold of Mexico," it is pureed and mixed with manure to produce methane, which Nopalimex are testing as an alternative to gasoline in local government vehicles. AFP Contributor/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Unlike gasoline, the nopal fuel doesn't harm the atmosphere, producing only water and nopal waste which can be used to irrigate and fertilize crops. YURI CORTEZ/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The biofuel is valued at just 12 pesos (US $0.65) per liter, around a third cheaper than the cost of regular gasoline. YURI CORTEZ/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Cactus-fueled clean air? That's sure to prickle the fancy of Mexicans everywhere. OMAR TORRES/AFP/AFP/Getty Images