Tag: Mexico

Mexican researchers convert wild castor seeds into biodiesel

Mexican researchers convert wild castor seeds into biodiesel

March 15, 2022 |

In Mexico, the seeds of the wild castor oil plant, Ricinus communis, can be converted into biodiesel according to a new study in the International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology. The Mexican research team shows how the requisite transesterification reaction of oil from the seeds using methanol in the presence of sodium hydroxide […]

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Mexican researchers enhance starch-based bioplastics with bio-based byproducts

Mexican researchers enhance starch-based bioplastics with bio-based byproducts

March 2, 2022 |

In Mexico, FreshPlaza reports researchers experimented with adding mango peel, roasted coffee residues, and cooked hibiscus calyces to starch-based bioplastic to test what impacts they would have on color, texture, morphology, water activity, and biodegradability. The mechanical of the performance was enhanced by the addition of the byproducts, doubling the strength of the plastic. Tests […]

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CEMEX Ventures invests in HiiROC clean hydrogen production startup

CEMEX Ventures invests in HiiROC clean hydrogen production startup

February 3, 2022 |

In Mexico, CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. and CEMEX Ventures announced their investment in HiiROC, a clean hydrogen production startup. HiiROC developed a technology that uses thermal plasma electrolysis to transform biomethane, flare gas, or natural gas into hydrogen at a lower cost than competing solutions and without a CO2 footprint. Together with HiiROC, CEMEX aims […]

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Mexican researchers develop prototype photobioreactor for microalgae

Mexican researchers develop prototype photobioreactor for microalgae

December 22, 2021 |

In Mexico, researchers at the National Technological Institute of Mexico, Morelia Technological Institute campus, have developed a prototype of a photobioreactor for optimization of the Chlorella Vulgaris microalgae for which they requested patent registration by Model of Utility before the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property (IMPI). In addition to increasing current biomass production, it will […]

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Knock-out idea: Adidas uses cactus leather in boxing glove line

Knock-out idea: Adidas uses cactus leather in boxing glove line

November 22, 2021 |

In Mexico, Adidas is using a cactus-based leather alternative in a new line of boxing gloves.  The material, called Desserto, uses prickly pear cactus as feedstock and was invented in 2019 by Adrian Lopez and Marte Cazarez. The Adidas gloves are part of a new Tilt 350 boxing glove design that aims to better protect […]

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CEMEX invests in solar fuels pioneer Synhelion

CEMEX invests in solar fuels pioneer Synhelion

November 2, 2021 |

In Mexico, CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V and CEMEX Ventures (CEMEX´s venture capital unit) announced their investment in Synhelion, a pioneer company in solar fuels that are a climate-friendly substitute to fossil fuels, enabling a carbon-free manufacturing process. This effort, which aims to decarbonize the cement manufacturing process based on solar energy, is part of CEMEX’s […]

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Mexico City’s Metrobús launches biodiesel trial

Mexico City’s Metrobús launches biodiesel trial

July 28, 2021 |

In Mexico, Metrobús has put into circulation two buses on Line 2, which will use a mixture of diesel and biofuel produced at the Central de Abastos in Mexico City from waste. This is a pilot test that will be launched in a total of 10 buses in all the lines of the system during […]

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Worth a shot: Jose Cuervo gives away agave straws

Worth a shot: Jose Cuervo gives away agave straws

July 26, 2021 |

In Mexico, tequila giant Jose Cuervo wants you to make a good decision for the planet even if you make bad decisions after ordering one too many margaritas.  To help celebrate National Tequila Day on July 24, the party purveyor is giving away packs of agave-based straws. Interested parties and partiers can send their names […]

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Autonomous University of Guadalajara researchers model chemical processes for biodiesel and bioplastics

Autonomous University of Guadalajara researchers model chemical processes for biodiesel and bioplastics

July 26, 2021 |

In Mexico, Sureste Informa reports that researchers from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara have been able to model chemical processes such as the production of biodiesel from waste from grease traps and also biological processes such as the growth of the Artrospira Microalgae (Spirulina maximum). The project that is currently active in this line of […]

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Find your beach but keep it clean: Corona testing renewable packaging

Find your beach but keep it clean: Corona testing renewable packaging

March 22, 2021 |

In Mexico, summer beer mainstay Corona is testing a six-pack holder made of recycled wood fibers and barley straw. The popular beer, whose tagline “Find your beach” invokes its branding as summertime  suds, says barley straw on its own was too fragile to hold the beers. A “unique” pulping process and the addition of wood […]

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