Jadhwa Student Company at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Muscat has succeeded in producing experimental quantities of charcoal made from coffee residues as part of its projects to participate in the Injaz Oman 2021 competition.
The project qualified for the second phase among 40 products of different student companies, and the research and production team in the company is working on its experiments to reach a high quality product through which it can achieve an added market value.
Ahmed al Barwani, a member of production and development at Jadhwa Student Company, said: The company was established at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Muscat at the end of 2019. with the first meeting of the Board of Directors, a number of manufacturing ideas were put forward, and four production ideas were chosen at a start, which were the closest and most acceptable. we then analysed the ideas and knew the strengths and weaknesses of each idea and what it could constitute of an added market value for each of these products. Finally, we settled on the idea of producing charcoal from coffee residues, as it represents an attractive element from the company’s point of view and the data of the study.
He added that the idea of the product is based on recycling coffee residues in making charcoal. the team started research operations and reviewed a number of research and studies looking to benefit from coffee residues, and worked to reach a product that contributes to reducing environmental disturbances, which includes cutting trees. The team worked to achieve a number of other health benefits in this product, thus reaching a product that represents a high health and environmental value that satisfies all consumers.
He explained that the search and investigation of ingredients that can be added with the coffee residue is continuous, along with investigation and experimentation processes in order to reach a product that achieves the specified goals. “Indeed, we have carried out a number of home experiments through which we produced, tested and evaluated charcoal in order to address some of the negatives that appeared in the product by searching for additional substances and modifying some mixtures. All the additions and amendments done to the product aimed at meeting the environmental and health specifications that were specified in the framework of the company. we aspire to add a competitive advantage for the consumer and the market.
He pointed out that experiments and tests to modify product mixtures are still ongoing, with the aim of reaching a high-quality product in a way that satisfies us and the consumer in the market.