Coolflux and AquaFresco, two teams from the 2014 MADMEC competition, were Grand Finalists in this year’s MIT Clean Energy Prize! This meant that they were in the final six teams of a 21-team competition. Congratulations to CoolFlux who won their division and received $36,000 which they will use to continue work on the project.
CoolFlux uses a phase change material to improve building cooling by up to 40%. Their design has evolved greatly since they placed second in MADMEC 2014, now using metal salts in an insulating material. They have expanded the team to include founders Alan Ransil, Wenhao Sun, Josh Wolff from TPP, and Andres Potes from Sloan. New employees are Lealia Xiong and Jonathan Chester, an intern last summer. They’ve received a provisional patent and have applied for funding as they continue to refine the product and enter further competitions.
AquaFresco, MADMEC 2014 first-place winners, are also continuing work on their project, a filtration system that can improve water efficiency in laundry to 95%. Team members Ting-Yun Huang, Alina Rwei, and Christopher Lai have developed a closed-loop system that will greatly improve water consumption, in homes and in businesses.
Aqua Fresco also received $50,000 from the MassChallenge Startup Competition. The MassChallenge provides mentorship, office space, and other resources to new startups over the course of four months, at the end of which 26 finalist teams are judged and over $1.5 million in prizes is awarded. In recent months, their work has been reported in the Atlantic and in Boston magazine.
Embr Labs, creators of Wristify personal heating and cooling device and MADMEC 2013 winners, were finalists in the Index: Design to Improve Life competition this past fall.