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Firm adopts DOST technologies to step up green charcoal production

Friday, December 01, 2017 02:03 AM    Views : 367by:Rizalina K. Araral & Carl Anthony Lantican, DOST-FPRDI

A Pampanga-based green technology firm recently acquired technologies from the Department of Science and Technology's Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) to improve its green charcoal products designed for top players in the country's chicken roasting industry.

Mackay Green Energy, Inc. developed a bamboo hybrid called "bana grass" whose hard main stem can be turned into charcoal briquettes for industrial use. The company tapped DOST-FPRDI's briquetting system and technical help for the project.

A charcoal briquette is a compacted mass of fuel material made from a mix of charcoal fines and a binder, and molded under pressure.  It is less messy than ordinary charcoal and easier to handle because it is compact and uniform in size. Also, it easily ignites, burns more slowly, gives more intense heat per unit volume, and is almost smokeless when burning.

"The bana grass briquette is a most welcome development," says DOST-FPRDI's Engr. Belen Bisana. "The use of eco-friendly charcoal can help relieve pressure on the country's mangroves. During the past decade, the heavy dependence on wood charcoal by lechon businesses all over the country has been blamed for the depletion of our mangrove forests."

During DOST-FPRDI's recent techno-demo at Mackay, officers from Mang Inasal Philippines, Inc. were on hand to observe how the bana  grass briquettes are made. According to Mackay's Joseph Issifu, aside from Mang Inasal, they have on-going talks with two other top roasting companies who are interested in their product.

Mackay Green Energy, Inc. acquired 30 manual briquettors, 30 drum kilns, six binder-mixers, and six charcoal crushers from DOST-FPRDI. (By Rizalina K. Araral & Carl Anthony Lantican, DOST-FPRDI)

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