UBC post-doc entrepreneur’s invention wins nearly $2M prize from Royals, Elon Musk

Kevin Kung, co-founder, president and chief technical officer of start-up company Takachar, and his partner Vidyut Mohan (co-founder and CEO), were recently presented with an Earthshot Prize in the Clean Air Category, worth $1 million British pounds, as well as another US$250,000—the equivalent of C$1.9 million in total— in the Carbon Dioxide Removal Demonstration student category from the XPrize and Musk Foundation, founded by Elon Musk.

“I’m really surprised and very humbled and honoured to receive these prizes, and I’m grateful for the significant attention they bring to the problem of residue burning,” says Kung.

MiniTorr is a cheap and small-scale portable machine that easily transforms biomass such as crop residues into fuel and fertilizer.


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