4th BMA Annual General Meeting and Biochar Technology Workshop 2018The AGM was held on 14th May 2018 at Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Prior to the commencing of AGM, all the 60 participants were brought to visit the biomass microwave carbonizer pilot plant located inside UPM, which is the collaborative work between UPM and Pakar Go Green Sdn Bhd. The plant can process 250 kg/hour of feedstock (oil palm biomass, coconut shell, bamboo, etc) in batch process and returns up to 50% yield on biochar. Besides, bio-oil is also collected for further research as value-added products compared to biochar as the main product solely.
After the visit and on-site discussion with Pakar Go Green personnel, participants were invited back to the workshop in the faculty with two speakers sharing on their experiences in the industry and academic research in terms of the technology and application of biochar. The 4th AGM commenced right after the workshop, started with the report from previous AGM by the committee members. New management committee for session 2018/2019 was formed with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamad Amran bin Mohd Salleh and Prof. Datin Dr. Rosenani binti Abu Bakar as President and Vice President respectively. More discussions and works proposal were carried out throughout the one hour plus meeting with the aim to contribute positively towards the community, especially the agriculture sector.