Mexican Students use aquaponics to produce biofuel

The UVM and the Private University of Northern Peru teamed up to create biodiesel using aquaponics
Mexican Students use aquaponics to produce biofuel
The Jatropha is a very common plant in Mexico – Photo: File Photo: EL UNIVERSAL
11/09/2018
14:43
Notimex
Mexico City
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Students from the University of the Valley of Mexico (UVM) and the Private University of Northern Peru use aquaponics, a sustainable system that uses plants and fish to produce biofuel.

Aquaponics consists of feeding fish, which generates waste, which is full of nutrients, and it reaches the plants through a pump that feeds the plants; by taking these nutrients, the plants clean the water and return it to the fish. This system is used, mainly, in the production of edible plants.

In a statement, the UVM reported that the students are majoring in Environmental Engineering, at the San Rafael campus, as well as in the Peruvian university.

Jorge Ojeda, the academic leading the project, explained that they used the Jatropha plant for the production of biofuel, which grows in Mexico, and it's easy to use and adapts to different climates; its seed contains about 40% of oil, and when extracted, it can be turned into biodiesel.

The project is also looking to promote sustainable fish farming through the use of a bioreactor, which can be used as a degradation system for organic matter, from fish and food waste, therefore, benefiting the environment, since "it is a system of biological degradation, which can break down fertilizers, organic matter, and pesticides".

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