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BARformula is a pioneer in zero waste technology for the oil palm plantation sector. Our Technology converts 100% of the organic wastes from the palm oil mill into nutrient-rich compost (BARcompost), which is recycled back to the Oil Palm Plantation as a superior substitute for chemical fertilisers.						

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◊ About Us ◊

BARformula is a pioneer in zero waste technology for the oil palm plantation sector. Our Technology converts 100% of the organic wastes from the palm oil mill into nutrient-rich compost (BARcompost), which is recycled back to the Oil Palm Plantation as a superior substitute for chemical fertilisers.

 

◊ Background ◊

Our research into Biological Aerobic Respiration (BAR) Technology began in 2004. In 2007, a research team led by Mr. Prathapan Pillai began field trials with Sime Darby, Malaysia’s largest Oil Palm producer. All the e uent and empty fruit bunches produced daily was redirected to a three hectare site where the system was being implemented. Utilising 100% of the waste, the system was able to produce compost in 60 days. The unprecedented results led to the term zero-waste technology.

Today, Sime Darby implements composting methodologies in mills throughout Malaysia. Nine of their mills apply the learnings from the first BAR Technology trials. Success with the world’s largest oil palm producer provided the much needed validation to introduce the technology to the rest of the Oil Palm industry.

The next step was to ensure that the process would be commercially viable. There was a lesson to be learnt from existing mechanical composting systems which required high capital expenditure. Although technically superior to its mechanical predecessor, microbial zero-waste technology had to keep its costs down. The Palm Oil industry would be reluctant in adopting a system, no matter how successful, if the costs were unreasonable.

Further advancements to the technology guaranteed that compost would be of a superior grade and elevated nutrient levels. Based on industry standard fertiliser application rates, financial controllers estimated a 25% gross savings on fertiliser costs. They also found further savings in transport and labour costs of EFB (empty fruit bunch) application. Compost was about half the volume and weight of EFB and able to fertilise almost twice as much plantation area with only one application per year. The industry was further encouraged when the composting process received recognition as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) compliant. This enables mill owners to earn dollars for every tonne of Methane reduced through the process.

In 2008, BARformula Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia) began commercial operations. With capital injection from private equity holders, the company introduced the system to plantation owners as the BARformula Technology.

Indonesian plantations showed great interest in the technology. In 2009 PT BARformula, an Indonesian entity was formed. Today the BARformula Technology is in its second generation and is being implemented at mills across Malaysia and Indonesia.