PHOTOS: In Your Business at Pyran | Local News

In the laboratory of the chemical engineering start-up Pyran, agricultural raw materials such as corn on the cob and wood shavings are turned into chemicals that can replace fossil fuels in plastics and paints. “People just don’t know how many of their everyday items are made from oil or petroleum,” said co-founder Kevin Barnett, including the paints and coatings used on walls, cars and appliances. In this pilot phase, the company sends 1,5 pentanediol per gallon to well-known companies all over the world who use them to manufacture paints and coatings. In the coming months, Barnett plans to ramp up production and make several tons of the chemical by the end of the year.

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