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Superb winners from Sarawak
Akhmal Buanie: Innovative tech for charcoal production
Buanie was the first Sarawakian contestant to win over the panel in the
fourth series of Superb in 2014 with his invention called the Biochar
Akhmal was one of 26 winners of Superb grants in the
third and fourth phases that won a total of RM13 million – each taking
Titled ‘Biochar Pyrolysis – Innovated Technology For
Charcoal Production’, Akhmal’s project involved the production of
Biochar from industrial residues or other Biomass Energy sources using
“As you know, Superb programme is a
programme which provides initial capital to start up new and innovative
businesses for Bumiputera youth who have new innovative business ideas
which could be introduced or even be a hit in today’s market.
“I believed that I have a few new and innovative business ideas that I can bet on in the Superb programme.
that programme, I offered Superb my latest innovation, ‘Biochar
Pyrolysis’ – Innovated Technology For Charcoal Production,” Akhmal said
to BizHive Weekly.
Biochar Pyrolysis, he explained, is a
technology that will improve and reduce the production cost of producing
charcoal to as much as 60 per cent of the current cost using the
traditional technology, a method which is still widely used by charcoal
producers in Malaysia.
“The pyrolysis system that we adopted for
the charcoal production will also produce better and cleaner charcoal
compared to the traditional method,” he said, adding that the system is
also environmental friendly as there is no smoke produced in the
Akhmal believes charcoal production will be more cost
efferctive with better quality products while at the same time, the
industry will be a green industry for the country if all charcoal
producers adopted his technology.
On the progress and development
of Biochar Pyrolysis, Akhmal shared that they have just completed their
design and planning stage.
“We have rented a factory in Sejingkat
Industrial Area for our future operation,” he enthused. “We will very
soon start fabricating our own design (of) relevent machineries.”
the funding from Superb, Akhmal is confident that they will surely be
able to have a modern charcoal production factory capable of producing
various types of charcoal/biochar products in the range of 10 metric
tonnes (mt) per day.
“We hope to go further downstream, producing activated carbon and carbon-related products in the future,” he added.
had advice to impart on those aspiring entrepreneurs looking to join
the Superb programmes which is simply to “understand and know your
At the same time, participants are also advised to
expand their knowledge base, gathering more information from whatever
relevant resources they can think of.
As for those who believe
that Akhmal can be of help to them and would like for him share his
experience in Superb with them, he stresses that he is willing to do so
and is always available to them in that regard."