Playa del Carmen is testing special equipment to turn sargassum into fuel, according to local news outlet Riviera Maya News.
The publication reveals that German-made equipment will be tested this year to take advantage of the municipality's unwanted algae by recycling it in a new way. Currently, a local company processes sargassum into soil fertilizer.
Speaking about the experiment, Lourdes Várguez, the region's secretary of sustainable environment and climate change, the tests carried out with the new equipment will allow sargassum to be used as a source of fuel and carbon.
“Currently it is used as fertilizer for the soil, but this year we hope to go even further,” Ms. Várguez was quoted as saying, without providing more details on the equipment or the project itself.
According to the minister, finding useful applications for this abundant resource would represent a significant step forward in solving the area's sargassum problem.
It is estimated that the 2024 sargassum season should be comparable to last year, when 26,400 tonnes of seaweed was collected.