Delhi government and the University of Chicago today announced three winners of the competition “Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi” that sought to explore innovative ways to reduce pollution in the national capital.
“The winners include Chakr Innovation Pvt Ltd which will pilot their device that captures more than 70 per cent of particulate pollution from diesel engines and converts it to black ink and paints and Climate Foundation and Tide Technocrats Pvt Ltd which will employ devices that turn rice straw into biochar to enrich agricultural soil and prevent the heavy air pollution from rice straw burning,” a statement said.
“The third winner, Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, will deploy cool roofing solutions in Delhi slums to bring down indoor temperature and allow dwellers to conserve energy and improve their productivity and quality of life,” it said.
The winners of the challenge–a project of the Tata Centre for Development that is supported by Tata Trusts — together received over Rs 2 crore.
The winners were selected from among nearly 250 students, researchers, entrepreneurs, non-profit and for-profit organisations and citizens from across the country and around the world.