In case you hadn’t heard, the MIT Clean Energy Prize each year awards $200,000 to the university team deemed top dog in its annual competition, and this year, top honors have gone to CoolChip Technologies–a team from, well, MIT.
The concept behind CoolChip Technologies–comprised of graduate students from the institute’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Sloan School of Management–is to help data centers reduce cooling costs with patented technology designed to eliminate the thermal barrier that currently dampens the performance of a computer’s central processing unit (CPU).
Comprised of both engineers and business professionals, the team behind CoolChip has extensive experience in info-tech and thermo-mechanical engineering; their goal is to deliver the next generation of ultra-high efficiency air-based CPU coolers to market. (We figure that $200,000, combined with their newfound fame and glory, ought to help.)
The MIT Clean Energy Prize is awarded each year by the U.S. Department of Energy and NSTAR, Massachusetts’s largest investor-owned electric and gas utility. More information is available online.