MIT Clean Energy $200,000 Prize Awarded

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).

MIT-CEP CoolChip

image via MIT

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.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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