MIT students win grant to study hot air

Hold the fart jokes. This is serious stuff.

A team of MIT students has received an EPA grant for their work designing an energy generation system that uses solar heat and methane gas. The project's objective is to create "a modular distributed renewable energy generation system that can be adapted flexibly to use the solar and organic resources available in a region to best accommodate the needs of the inhabitants."

According to the press release, MIT will receive up to $75,000 through EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program, which provides funds for designs to move developed and developing world toward sustainability.

The MIT grant is one of six to be awarded nationwide.

More information:

- Details on the winning projects

- EPA's P3 Award competition

- Science at EPA

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