Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, along with Industrial Waste Management Association and the US Consulate General in Chennai will conduct a Carbon Zero challenge to identify innovative and indigenous solutions to India’s unique energy problems.

Carbon Zero is a humanitarian goal to reduce dependence on carbon-based fossil fuels and minimise greenhouse gas emissions. The attempt is to identify innovative low-carbon energy solutions.

The challenge is to develop a Zero Carbon energy system for any of the five thematic areas using a combination of one or more renewable energy sources. The five areas are agriculture, urban housing, transportation, industrial process and water and wastewater treatment.

The challenge invites students and early stage enterprises from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

March 9 - Online registration opens

April 30 - Deadline for submission

June 5 - Announcement of top teams and mentors - six month mentorship phase begins.

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