Jos Hoetjes, a chemical engineer at BC Biocarbon’s plant on Mountainview Road, holds a piece of carbon, a byproduct that has many characteristics of graphene. Hoetjes says the Mountainview plant can create many of the substances derived from oil and coal, the difference being, they are from a renewable source. “If we wanted to be carbon neutral tomorrow, we could do it. The technologies are here,” said Hoetjes. He’s excited about the work and the potential of their technology. “This is exactly what I want to be doing right now,” he said. / ANDRU MCCRACKEN

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