Wednesday, December 19, 2012

this was my favorite of projects that judges voted through to semii-finals emerging market track of mit100k accelerator (there were a few of my favorites 1 2 that I got outvoted on) but this one seemed a massive health problem, one near solution , and on my pro-youth economics maps exchanges between chinese and mit youth are one of most positive flows for the world

DSL Waste to Energy Solutions

The Idea

DSL Waste to Energy Solutions tackles China's most prominent food safety problem – 1 out of 10 restaurants use gutter oil for cooking, which is oil collected from restaurant leftovers and sewers. Containing cancer-causing contaminants, gutter oil has recently stirred public outcry. Despite numerous government crackdowns, China lacks technologies that eradicate gutter oil from its origin.
DSL is engineering an on-site food waste-to-energy innovation that repurposes waste cooking oil as an energy resource for providing restaurant heating needs, therefore preventing recirculation of the oil. Our solution is distinct in its economic incentives to customers and the automation of waste treatment processes.

The Team

Engineering team from MIT:
Arthur Kariya (Post-Doc): has extensive experience in designing and custom-fabricating thermal-fluidic energy systems
Kai Liao (Aerospace Engineering PhD Candidate): research focuses on automotive engine lubrication
Wen Sang (Mechanical Engineering PhD Candidate): research focuses on advanced combustion characteristics
Kevin Kung (Biological Engineering PhD Candidate): specializes in management of urban organic waste
Jingshu Zhang (Materials Engineering PhD Candidate): specializes in photovoltaic and oil-water separation
Business development team (Sloan MBAs):
Yaoyao Clare Duan: 5 years of work experience in investment banking and emerging market investments
George Miller: experience in energy consulting in China. George advises the team on marketing

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

another mit100k semi-finalist that i thought particularly interesting
First, working with local waste pickers, we are devising a unique waste collection model mobilizing the entire slum to turn in their waste, and not just the few who can afford the service. Second, we are exploring the under-appreciated organic waste, turning it into a safe and affordable cooking fuel for local households. This will avoid charcoal production from wood and save trees, while serving wide-ranging social issues such as increasing local income, reducing greenhouse emissions.

The Team

We are a diverse team of MIT and Harvard students as well as Kenyan community mobilizers. We come from backgrounds in engineering, management, public policy, and environmental studies, but we are united in our passion for waste and its processing. Our cumulative past experiences include consulting for Deloitte, doing financial trading, as well as working with the U.S. foreign service. We have worked with MIT's D-Lab and Engineers Without Borders