KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 (Bernama) -- Two Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) researchers in collaboration with Nasmech Technology Sdn Bhd have successfully built a plant producing biochar from oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFP), the first such innovation in the world.
Prof Dr Azni Idris and Dr Mohamad Amran Mohd from the university's Engineering Faculty have created the Carbonator, a complete customised system which can produce 20 tonnes of biochar daily.
Mohamad Amran said biochar production had the potential for environment-friendly and safe disposal of organic wastes, besides being used as a source for renewable energy and for carbon sequestration in the soil for climate change mitigation.
According to him, biochar is a stable carbon that can be kept in the ground for a long time, until thousands of years.
Meanwhile, he said, research by UPM's Agriculture Faculty in biochar application as a soil conditioner to increase carbon sequestration and for soil fertility had begun, and this would have a big impact on the country's economy and on environmental protection.
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The Carbonator project was fully funded by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry under the Technofund grant amounting to RM3.98 million.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili had on Dec 3 visited the plant site at the Seri Ulu Langat Palm Oil Mill in Dengkil, Selangor.
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