Infrastructure // PC & Servers
04:45 PM
Cora Nucci
Cora Nucci
Core System Testing: How to Achieve Success
Oct 06, 2016
Property and Casualty Insurers have been investing in modernizing their core systems to provide fl ...Read More>>

MIT Announces Clean Energy Grand Prize Winner

An idea based on new uses for farm byproducts pushed Husk Insulation into the winner's circle Tuesday, where it was awarded MIT's $200,000 Clean Energy Prize.

An idea based on new uses for farm byproducts pushed Husk Insulation into the winner's circle Tuesday, where it was awarded MIT's $200,000 Clean Energy Prize.Husk Insulation, a University of Michigan team, has a business plan to turn agricultural waste into thin, high-grade insulation. It also won top honors in the biomass category.

Now in its second year, the competition attracted 113 entrants, who vied for 25 semi-finalist positions in five categories. The goal of the competition is to "turbo-charge the next generation of energy entrepreneurs to help solve the world's energy challenge." The other semifinalists were:

  • Produced Water Absorbance (PWA) -- MIT -- Winner, Clean Hydrocarbons Category for polymer super-adsorbent technology for petroleum collection.
  • Troy Research Corporation (RPI) -- Winner, Energy Efficiency & Infrastructure Category for deep ultraviolet solid state lighting and LED-based disinfectants.
  • Sun Point --(MIT and Yale ) -- Winner, Renewables Category for solar trackers.
  • Levant Power -- (MIT) Winner, Transportation Category for a regenerative suspension system for improved vehicle fuel economy and handling

NSTAR and the U.S. Department of Energy sponsored the competition. Among the grand prize judges were Dan Reicher, Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives at and Jim Matheson, General Partner of Flagship Ventures.

Beyond the cash prizes, Husk will receive 6 months of office space, access to research data, and professional services donated by PR and accounting firms.

FloDesign Wind Turbine took the 2008 grand prize.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Server Market Splitsville
Server Market Splitsville
Just because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.