A team of students from the University of Wyoming has won the Carbon Removal Student Competition funded by XPRIZE and the Musk Foundation.

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XPRIZE has announced that 23 student-led teams won the $5 million Carbon Removal Student Competition, which is part of the $100 million XPRIZE for carbon removal supported by the Musk Foundation.

The UW team, which had Shane Heavin of Rock Springs, Danielle Jones of Gillette, Anna Savage of Greybull, and Lander Stone of Laramie, submitted a project proposal in the category of Measurement, Reporting and Verification Technologies to improve the design of existing carbon soil gas monitoring sensors created and produced by Earth Platform Systems (EPS).

The team will receive a $100,000 award to discover ways to improve the design, incorporate it into other environments and uses, as well as lower costs of production and make it more widely available.

To be eligible for the Carbon Removal Student Competition, student teams needed at least 50 percent of their members to be currently enrolled in an educational institution with the support of an academic adviser or business leader able to act as a formal mentor.

All submissions were reviewed by a panel of expert third-party judges.

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