Sun and Wright team sweeps Clean Energy Prize

June 2, 2015


A team that aims to drastically boost the efficiency of computing with silicon chips that move data using light — not electricity — took home both grand prizes at Monday night’s MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) competition, earning a total of $275,000. Optibit, which includes two MIT graduate students, Chen Sun and Alex Wrigth, beat out five other finalists at the eighth annual CEP, held in Kresge Auditorium, to win the $75,000 Department of Energy Clean Energy Prize and the $200,000 Eversource Clean Energy Grand Prize. The team has developed a way to integrate fiber optics — glass or plastic components that can transmit data using light waves — into computer chips, replacing copper wires that rely on electricity. Read the article at MIT News. Photo: Michael Fein

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