MIT spinoff takes top honor at MassChallenge Awards

Infinite Cooling, a business that includes developed a technology to fully capture and reuse liquid evaporating from cooling towers at energy programs, had been one of two neighborhood startups to-be called a $100K Diamond Winner within MassChallenge Awards which took place Oct. 17 on Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Co-founders Kripa Varanasi, connect teacher of mechanical engineering, and postdocs Maher Damak PhD ’18 and Karim Khalil PhD ’18 accepted the honor with COO Derek Warnick.

MassChallenge is a non-profit company the aids and connects entrepreneurs and startups. Today with its ninth 12 months, the MassChallenge Awards highlight up-and-coming startups inside Boston area. At occasion the other day, $1 million in prizes were given to startups most abundant in potential for impact. Limitless Cooling had been one of the most than 150 startups spotlighted in the event.

“Receiving the most notable award during the MassChallenge Awards had been an unbelievable honor for Infinite Cooling team and can greatly help us towards our commercialization targets for technology and solve a problem at the Energy-Water nexus,” adds Varanasi.

The technology behind Infinite Cooling gets the prospective to substantially lower the water consumption by power plants and also supply a low-cost source of drinking water. “Our system can really efficiently capture the plumes that could generally be released in to the atmosphere through cooling towers at power plants. By recycling this water we offer considerable liquid cost savings the power-plant and community,” says Damak.

“Our device not just reduces water consumption at power flowers, it reduces expensive water-treatment needs considering that the recondensed liquid droplets are pure,” explains Khalil. This clean liquid might be utilized for normal water or recycled for uncontaminated water uses on power-plant itself.

Since energy plants tend to be one of the biggest people of freshwater — about 39 per cent of freshwater is ear noticeable for power flowers when you look at the U.S. alone — Infinite Cooling’s technology keeps the possibility to make a massive impact on water and resource conservation. Their particular research had been supported partly because of the Tata Center for tech and Design, plus the model was supported, to some extent, because of the workplace of Sustainability and it is becoming tested at MIT’s Central Utility Plant.