Lancashire businessman to present green ideas to MIT

A Preston businessman has made the semi-finals of a global competition to find solutions to world problems.

markeversonSolve is a program organised by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the world’s top technology university, for solving the world’s most challenging problems, inviting submissions from around the world for solutions to global challenges including energy, food, water and sustainability, and the need to reduce greenhouse gases.

This month, Mark Everson, production director of Lifeline Language Services, learned that his idea for “Hydroponic Carbon Capture At Source” (HCCAS) has made semi-finalist in this global search for solutions. The proposal uses industrial carbon dioxide emissions to grow plants hydroponically in an accelerated high-density soilless environment, for food or biomass.

Chartered engineer Mark has now been invited to present his proposal at MIT’s HUBWeek event in Boston, Massachusetts on 28th September.

Mark said: “It’s great using my expertise in our technical translation and systems here at Lifeline Language Services, but as a side-line I like to play with ideas for helping the planet. In 2014 I came up with the HCCAS concept, did some research and discussion with the IET (my professional Institute) which was favourable, and set up a little website.

“I tweeted about it a bit and got encouraging feedback, including a follower who suggested I enter MIT’s Climate CoLab in 2014. I did so, and made finalist, but didn’t win.

“However, this year, on the third day of our holiday cruise, I received an email from MIT saying my 2014 entry had been selected, as an 'exemplary' approach to carbon removal, for their new Solve program which has the stated mission to 'discover, evaluate, and advance solutions to global problems or challenges.'

“I spent bits of the cruise in the internet café developing it and adding new content, and submitted in time. “Then I got an email saying I’d made semi-finalist and inviting me to MIT in Boston Massachusetts on 28th September, to present HCCAS before an audience representing academia and industry. ”