Biogas, electricity, jobs, foods and carbon bonds with cactus

We produce green methane. We use the nopal, (opuntia ficus), prickly pear, Cactus, Tuna, Chumbera, to generate high-density, nutritionally balanced crops for biomass production. This raw material is used for the production of energy and food, obtaining Biogas and electricity. Its simple implementation, low cost and pollutant-free energy production is an ecological and cost-effective answer to the demand for food and energy.

In 2000 we built the first nopal processing plant for energy, we have international experience and expertise to develop integrated projects for your local industry. We use high-performance cacti (1,000 ton biomass / hectare / year), its application is direct and indirect animal feed, human food, energy and the environment.

Elqui Global Energy has been advising public and private companies present in South Africa, Colombia, Argentina, India, Spain, Chile and Mexico with projects developed or in progress. Cactus represents an alternative for arid areas in countries where other crops are not possible and is an ideal raw material for bioenergy projects in marginal areas.

The cactus allows to deliver energy 24 x 365 days, with neutral carbon at the price of natural gas


Human food

Fresh Nopalitos

Pickles in brine and vinegar

Cactus flour for baked products

Animal food

Fresh Nopal

Nopal flour, fodder

Fermented nopal


Humus, organic fertilizer

Protein concentrate

Energy production

Biogas for heating or direct consumtion

Electricity for internal or external use

Liquid fertilizer for crops

Carbon bonus

Sale for carbon credits

Positive externalities

Fossil fuel replacemnet

Reforestation of arid areas

Cactus advantages
Continuous power generation 24 X 365 days. Biogas and electricity production. Without sulfur oxides or particles. Low maintenance. General efficiency of the plant 80-90%. Generate soil, organic fertilizers. Change the microclimate that retains water in the soil. Extract the atmosphere from carbon dioxide. Useful life 20 years. Allows the sale of carbon credits. Fully organic process. Rapid implementation of the project. Generate permanent jobs to plant crops and process plants. It allows the opening of new markets
human food
Its water content is high, about 90%, likewise, it contains minerals among which we find calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium and small amounts of iron, aluminum, among others. It contains fibers, vitamins A, C, K, B1, B2, B3 and B6 and chlorophyll. It can be prepared roasted, in salads, as well as in brine, vinegar and other preparations. The nopal can be dehydrated and produce flour for making tortillas and baked goods
animal feeding
Foliage can be used as a staple food for goats, sheep and rabbits, and as a dietary supplement, instead of concentrates, for dairy cattle, and as a feed ingredient for monogastric animals, such as pigs. You can use direct feeding in situ, with cattle or goats which are fed directly from the plant or can be cut into pieces and make rations in pens. Likewise, nopal flour can be obtained for storage and subsequent administration in winter rations or its sale in the wholesale market.
Applied to nopal, it allows obtaining two products, humus and worm meal, both of excellent quality and considerable volume. Normally there is a resistance to using worms as food or the production of flour because they are used in agricultural waste, however, the nopal allows, through the cultivation of a vegetable, to obtain products without the negative microbial load associated with waste treatment, They are worms fed with vegetables, which is why a product suitable for human or animal consumption is obtained. The applications of the flour are in rations for chickens, farmed fish, goats, pigs and industrial animals.
Energy production
The cultivation of biomass for the production of biogas is exclusive to nopal, biogas plants in the world normally use agricultural or industrial waste, sewage or similar. The design of processes to produce energy through cultivation and transformation is usually not viable without subsidies, this happens with ethanol in the USA or biogas in Europe. This problem does not occur with nopal, which is profitable and competitive with other renewable sources such as panels and wind farms. The great advantage is that it supplies energy 24 hours a day and its production can be regulated. The conversion of biogas into electricity uses equipment similar to that required for natural gas.
Biomass projects are carbon neutral, they get energy from the sun and it is transformed into chemical energy for biological processes. Its high biomass production and carbon dioxide fixation, allow, by themselves, the financing of large-scale plantations. Our systems are organic crops, process plants with recyclable materials, we are committed to sustainable development. Nopal crops for energy multiply life in deserts. The greatest impact is found in the replacement of fossil fuels.
Energy production in different crops
our expertisE

We work with local resources to deliver the best answer to our clients.


We work internationally, in projects in countries such as South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Angola and India. We have more than 20 years of experience in cactus biogas and project development.


We go to underdeveloped countries, generating clean and renewable energy, recovering soils, creating permanent jobs, taking care of the environment with a neutral carbon balance.


Our business is to produce wealth in the countries where we operate, using local resources, we adapt to the client, we use our technology to offer clients affordable prices that adapt to their reality. Our projects are high impact.

project evaluation

We travel to each location to evaluate your project. A preliminary technical evaluation allows establishing investment amounts, cash flows, project barriers, schedule, work program, etc.


Once the project study has been carried out, the client must decide whether they want to access their own financing, banking or investment funds depending on the size of the project (the latter alternative is for investments over $ 1 million).

direction and execution

The management and supervision of the project will be carried out by EGE personnel, and the execution of constructions, installations with local personnel, this will allow a greater impact and participation in social benefits, the project design will use equipment and machinery available in the local market when this it's possible.

technical support

We provide advice on seed selection, germination, sowing, cultivation, development, nopal harvest, as well as design, construction, start-up and equipment operation.