MIT Clean Energy Prize Grants Go to Startups From Boston to San Francisco

OptiBit, a company with hardware intended to improve the bandwidth and energy efficiency of data centers, won top billing at the MIT Clean Energy Prize in May. The company, which developed its technology over 10 years at MIT, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Colorado, went home with the $275,000 grand prize.

The Clean Energy Prize, which started in 2008, awarded more than $400,000 in total. NexTint, a San Francisco company that can adjust the tint of a window to control the amount of light and heat transferred through it, won $35,000. So did CoolFlux, a company that tries to improve a building’s cooling performance, and Navi-Chem, a company that produces high-value chemicals such as lactic acid from organic municipal solid waste.

Safire, a business founded by MIT students, won $15,000 for its process of pretreating and increasing the density of biomass. It also won one of two $2,500 audience awards. Emreso, which developed an electromagnetic, geophysical method of monitoring fluid and gas movement, took the other.

David Holley is Xconomy's national correspondent based in Austin, TX. You can reach him at [email protected] Follow @xconholley

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