The federal government thinks Kennesaw State University students are up to the task of helping reduce aircraft emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency has given KSU a $69,183 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant, according to a news release from the agency.
The P3 program has students address environmental and public health challenges in two phases.
First, teams are awarded a $15,000 grant to develop their idea and showcase their research in the spring at EPA's National Sustainable Design Expo. Then they are eligible to compete for another grant of up to $75,000 to implement their design in a real-world setting.
The EPA said it has awarded more than $557,000 in funding for eight student teams in the second phase of P3 grants.
The students at KSU are the only team in the southeast who were given such a grant.
KSU was awarded the grant after students proposed developing a way to replace power cables in aircrafts with wireless power transfer systems that are lighter and reduce the weight of the plane, which could reduce fuel consumption and improve air quality.
“These students are applying what they have learned in the classroom to create innovative solutions to environmental challenges,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in a news release.
The KSU project is slated to wrap up in February 2020.