- Focus Area Agriculture, Award, Energy
- Faculty Ahmed Ghoniem
- Fellow Kevin Kung
- Mentor Santosh Shanbhogue
Most efforts to harness biomass as renewable energy have met with difficulties because biomass is bulky, moist, and disperse, which makes transportation costly. Therefore, open burning of biomass is a widespread practice in many parts of the world, contributing to pollution as well as greenhouse gas emissions.
This project aims to develop small-scale, low-cost, portable equipment that turn small pockets of biomass in remote areas into commercially viable products, such as solid fuel, fertilizer, activated carbon, or other chemical precursors, at a significantly lower input cost, using a new chemical concept called oxygen-lean torrefaction.
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- Factor(E) Energy for Development Prize and Fulbright Scholarship (Kevin Kung)
- Rabobank-MIT Food and Water Innovation Prize
- IDEAS Global Challenge