Turning garbage to useful chemicals at MIT
Every day, a researcher from The Tata Center for Technology and Design at MIT collects food waste from the school’s cafeteria. The food waste is walked across the MIT campus to Devin Currie’s lab, where it is processed and converted to useful chemicals with a biological process under development for this purpose. They use a vario EL cube CHNS as one tool to monitor the performance of the process and develop improvements.
The goal of the Tata Center at MIT is to develop technology for resource-constrained communities in India and the developing world. At the same time, they are training a new breed of engineers and entrepreneurs to tackle these challenges. They are funded by a trust set up by Ratan Tata, the retired chairman of Tata Group. The Tata Center focuses on health and nutrition, low-cost housing, sustainable energy, waste management and clean water.
Devin Curie leads the team of researchers working with the vario EL cube CHNS. Devin and his team selected the vario EL cube CHNS based on the advanced engineering and performance of both the hardware and the software. They have found the instrument to be easy to use and reliable. Devin and his team and pictured below with the instrument.