By Douglas McIntosh | November 29, 2015
Jamaica’s emerging bamboo industry has been further boosted with the creation of the first locally manufactured organic bamboo charcoal kiln.
The furnace was designed and developed at a cost of $1.4 million by Jamaican engineer, Gentle Wallace, a member of the Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Advisory Committee (BIMAC), in support of the multimillion dollar Peckham Bamboo Project, being implemented in North West Clarendon.
Funding for the kiln was provided by former Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Jamaica, His Excellency Dong Xiaojun.
The high efficiency bamboo charcoal kiln was assembled at the Institute of Nursing, Technology, and Household Management (INTHM), a vocational training institution situated on Swallowfield Road, Kingston, of which Mr. Wallace is a Director.
He tells JIS News that the facility, which was assembled over eight weeks during the past summer, is capable of producing approximately 400 pounds of organic bamboo charcoal from some 1, 200 pounds of properly harvested raw bamboo. This process of conversion, he explains, spans approximately eight hours.
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