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Mexico’s Cemex interested in converting state’s sargasso into energy

Cancun, Q.R. — Mexican company Cemex, says they are interested in exploring possible usage options for the sargasso that continues to arrive along the Yucatan coast.

The Mexican multinational building materials company Cemex has made contact with Quintana Roo authorities, said Alfredo Arellano Guillermo, state Secretariat of Environment.

Alfredo Arellano Guillermo, state Secretariat of Environment

“For nearly six months, sargasso quality tests have been done in terms of chemicals and combustion to possibly create some investment with Cemex. One of the lines of research is the heat energy for the production of electricity, but still it’s an early stage,” he said.

He added that the production of energy and the use of organic fertilizers can be supplanted or supplemented with organic waste produced from homes, hotels and businesses.

Already some companies are using the algae in an artisanal way to feed pigs, others for the extraction of the sodium ginarto and to elaborate cosmetics, apparently there is interest in controlling cholesterol, he said.

He confirmed that Fukuoka, Japan has also expressed interest in creating a partnership with Quintana Roo to exchange experiences and investments in various areas of sargasso and its possible use as organic fertilizer.

Some 80,000 cubic meters of sargasso have already been collected in seven municipalities of Quintana Roo, Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and Mahahual.