Posted May 11th 2010 at 11:07 pm by
in Waste Pickers Movement in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Colab’s Grease Car Project Wins at MIT IDEAS Competition!

This year’s MIT IDEAS Competition had twenty-six teams competing for seven prizes, and with other teams presenting projects such as inexpensive glucose testing strips and mapping devices designed for Brazilian slums, the competition was tough.

Fortunately, our project was among the winners!  We plan to train catadores (waste pickers) in São Paulo, Brazil to convert their eleven diesel vehicles to run on filtered waste vegetable oil.

Currently, our team is developing training materials (three short videos and a heavily-illustrated manual), participating in a Green Grease Monkey conversion workshop in Dorchester, Massachusetts to help design our week-long training sessions in São Paulo slated for mid-August.  We are also working on raising the additional funds necessary to cover our entire budget.

Also, Grease Project team members will participate in the IDEAS winner retreat in where we will attend workshops that support project management, team dynamics, fundraising, and assessment.  We will leave the retreat with a formal work plan devised to successfully implement the Grease Project.

One response to “Colab’s Grease Car Project Wins at MIT IDEAS Competition!”

  1. Ulrich Frommherz says:

    Your report about the catadores is very interesting for us. We have a new sensational technology for producing fuel (Diesel)from plastic waste material. All fractions of mixed plastic waste can get transforem easily into fuel. We are interesting to establish this technology also in Brazil and you are kindly requested to link us to the catadores organization in order to evaluate cooperation.

    Thank you very much and best regards

    EcoEnergy Resources AG

    Ulrich Frommherz

    Director Business Development

    Phone +41-62-288 4444

    Fax +41-62-288 4440