New uses for coconut shell charcoal

The new found use of coconut shell charcoal in the development of golf courses and the use of coconut shell charcoal briquette in barbecue and poultry raising in Europe could raise its demand globally. Currently, it is used mainly for making activated ca rbon.
Coconut shell charcoal is found to be a suitable material in the development of golf courses, according to the Coconut Development Board sources here. In golf courses, a layer of coconut shell charcoal is laid to a certain depth along with sand and other biomass before grass is planted.
South Korea has already projected a requirement of 1,000 tonnes of coconut shell charcoal for use in the construction of golf courses of international standards in the country. It is planning to develop 15 golf courses this year in the new tourist resort s using coconut shell charcoal. In course of time, a total 45 golf courses are to come up in the area.
South Korea was a major importer of coconut shell charcoal which was mostly converted into activated carbon. Before the 1997 economic crisis, it imported around 13,000 tonnes of coconut shell charcoal per annum, CDB sources said.
Besides, in Japan, which absorbed about 40,000 tonnes of coconut shell charcoal mainly for making activated carbon, the use of coconut shell charcoal briquette in the preparation of traditional foods such as “Sukiyaki” was becoming more and more popula r, they said.
The use of coconut shell charcoal briquette in barbecue and poultry raising is becoming popular in Europe also. If this trend continues, the use of coconut shell charcoal could expand rapidly raising its demand significantly. The use of coconut shell cha rcoal in these spheres in India could revive the already dull coconut shell charcoal manufacturing sector here.