ORONO – An Orono business is looking to help solve the country’s environmental issues, they are going green with a different kind of ceiling tiles and insulation.
It is a company dedicated to bringing new technologies into the world. Revolution Research is developing eco-friendly materials for construction and insulation industries.
“We’re currently working on two different projects,” said Nadir Yildirim, Ph.D., the president of Revolution Research, “One is the ceiling tiles and the other is thermal insulation composite foam boards.”
They received a grant of $100,000 to develop innovative solutions for environmental problems.They are planning on utilizing resources from paper mills that once provided a big source of income in the state.
“The trees and the wood is a major material. We are not limited to producing paper,” said Yildirim. “But we can use these mills and same raw materials to produce and develop products like we are doing. So there are options to produce futuristic (and) newer materials (by) using wood and trees.”
The company prides itself with working with students from The University of Maine, using them as researchers and providing them with real world experiences.
“I’ve learned a lot about the process that goes into making a new product,” said William West, an undergraduate research assistant, “I feel like when you go to Walmart, you don’t think about all the work that goes into it. But in reality, people have put a lot of time and money into trying to make something great and improve people’s lives.”