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.


Alternatives for using nopal

Human food

Fresh Nopalitos

Pickles in brine and vinegar

Cactus flour for baked products

Animal food

Fresh Nopal

Nopal flour, fodder


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

Corporative Imagen

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 to be considered a green company that cares.

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 prickly pear, it allows obtaining two products, humus and worm meal, both of excellent quality and considerable volume. Normally there is a resistance to using earthworms as food or the elaboration of flours because they are used in agricultural waste, however, the nopal allows by means of a vegetable cultivation the obtaining of products without the negative microbial load associated with waste treatment, They are earthworms fed with vegetables for which a homogeneous product is obtained. The applications of the flour are in feed for chickens, farmed fish, goats, pigs and industrial animals as a complement to rations.

Energy production

Cultivation of biomass for the production of biogas is exclusive to prickly pear, 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 occurs with ethanol in the USA or biogas in Europe. This problem does not occur with prickly pear, 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 and its production can be regulated, thus adapting to demand. The conversion of biogas into electricity uses equipment similar to that required by natural gas.

carbon credits

In the most important benefits we can indicate the generation of permanent jobs in remote areas of Africa or marginal areas and green or carbon bonds, will allow, by themselves, the financing of large-scale plantations, Our systems are organic crops, plants of process with recyclable materials, we are committed to sustainable development. Prickly pear crops for energy multiply life in deserts. The greatest impact is found in the replacement of fossil fuels.

project evaluation

Due to COVID 19, it is only available remotely and after the resumption of international flights it is possible to visit the field. A preliminary technical-economic evaluation of the project is carried out, its objective is to establish the amounts of investment, cash flows, project barriers, schedule, 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

Advice will be provided on seed selection, germination, sowing, cultivation, development, and harvest of prickly pear, as well as on design, construction, commissioning and operation of equipment.

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.