Students from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay) were recently named among the winners of $5 million Carbon Removal Student Competition.
For now, the team of four has received a grant worth $250,000 to further develop their carbon capturing tech that turns it into salts. The students are Srinath Iyer, Anwesha Banerjee, Srushti Bhamare, and Shubham Kumar. The grant was announced at Sustainable Innovation Forum at COP-26 currently underway in Glasgow.
The award programme is part of a larger $100 million XPRIZE Carbon Removal initiative supported by the Musk Foundation. Focused on removal of carbon and helping innovators overcome barriers to help Earth fight climate change in hopes of “rebalancing Earth’s carbon cycle.”
The team from IIT Bombay, officially tagged “SASIITB” won in the category called “Student Carbon Removal Demonstrations.” 195 teams from 31 educational institutions participated in this category.