An entrepreneurial team from Cheng Yu Tung College at the University of Macau (UM) won second place in the 10th Xiangzhou District University Student Entrepreneurship Competition with their project ‘Malt Residue as Hard Carbon Anode Material’. According to the UM team, their idea was inspired by the thriving battery industry, leading them to explore the utilisation of malt residue as a raw material to produce hard carbon used in battery anodes, along with the potential of commercialising the technology. The team will continue to focus on the research and development of hard carbon anode materials, aiming to provide cost-effective and environmentally friendly electrode materials for enterprises that produce sodium-ion batteries and lithium-ion batteries. The development of such materials can promote the widespread adoption of renewable energy in the Greater Bay Area and Macao, thus contributing to creating a cleaner and more sustainable future.