$200,000 plus benefits to be precise. The US Department of Energy and electric utility NSTAR awarded this sum to Husk Insulation as the winners of the second annual MIT Clean Energy Prize. The team, from the University of Michigan, beat out more than 100 other student-led teams from universities across the US.
Husk Insulation won the prize for their development of highly efficient insulation made from agricultural waste. The team's key innovation lies in creating a vacuum space inside panels made from corn husks, stalks, and other agricultural waste. The panels' insulation is 10 times more effective than conventional kinds, such as foam.
Cool. Good for those guys. If they read this board... who am I kidding? They don't read this board.