CICY asks institutes to take advantage of sargassum and avoid pollution of the beaches.
Mérida, Yucatán, (November 22, 2021).- Focused on identifying how sargassum is constituted to delimit what its multiple applications may be for the benefit of society, the project ‘Technical studies for the characterization of sargassum oriented to the generation of regulations associated with risks and its potential productive use’, reveals that the algae that annually they arrive at the coastal strip of the Yucatan Peninsula, have high levels of heavy metals. However, it is expected that this will not represent a major problem in its future use.
The director of the Renewable Energy Unit (UER) of the Yucatan Scientific Research Center (CICY), Dr. Raúl Tapia Tussell, explained that, although it is true that sargassum burr is a problem that mainly affects the peninsular region In terms of tourism, there are bodies and institutions that are currently working on creating alternatives to take advantage of the potential raw material.
This is precisely one of the objectives of the studies currently being carried out by CICY, in collaboration with other institutes.
Heavy metals in sargassum
Defined as a multidisciplinary project, the studies directed by Dr. Rosa María Leal, technical manager of the project and researcher at the CICY Water Science Unit, have shown that the presence of metals in sargassum “depends on the time and the arrival season, since the sargassum arrives in different concentrations ”, explains Tapia Tussell.
This is being demonstrated through traceability studies, that is, to inquire through multiple scientific tests if the final products will have the same heavy metal content with which sargassum arrives on the beaches.
This will allow the millions of tons that land annually on the coasts of the Caribbean Sea to continue to be used for the extraction of alginates (fibers used in the food industry) and fucoidans (carbohydrates with applications in medicinal use), and be a source of renewable energy by generating biogas from algae.
By knowing the elemental composition of sargassum, it is also possible to take into account the responsible handling of the matter and reduce possible damage to the environment. An example of this, explains the director of the CICY EBU, is intrinsically linked to the liquid composition of the algae (80% water), which, when collected and deposited on the ground, its leachate has a potential impact on the mantle phreatic.
At the same time, an adequate treatment will help to control the odor produced by the decomposition of sargassum on the beach and the bad image it gives to national and international tourists. That is, with the studies, it is intended to avoid the emission of greenhouse gases such as hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide and methane.
more recommended stories
With the arrival of Le Bellot to Seybaplaya, Campeche consolidates in the tourist cruise route
With the arrival of the cruise.
Power outages across the state of Yucatan, more frequent under the AMLO administration
The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) will.
More than 600 jobs were offered at the first Bilingual Job Fair in Yucatán
In order to provide professional development.
Yucatan weather for the weekend: scattered showers and cool breeze
Meteorologist Juan Antonio Palma issued his.
Filux 2022 International Festival of Lights arrives in Tekax
The works of art in light.
25 people arrested in Germany over alleged far-right coup plot
In raids across the country, German.
Man dies after falling from a tree into a cenote in Huhí, Yucatán
Tremendously bad news broke Wedensday morning.
Student threatens shooting at Prepa 8 in Merida
The threat of an alleged shooting.
Sign language tour for people with disabilities at the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya in Merida
The Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
La Sureña: Coming to El Minaret on December 10, 11, 17 and 18
La Sureña, the largest design festival.