Project Involves Using Soybeans To Produce Hydrogen Fuel

PORT JEFFERSON STATION, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A pair of Long Island twins has won $100,000 in scholarship money for their work with soybeans.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Shilpa and Shweta Iyer attend Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station, Suffolk County. For years, they have been fascinated with clean energy, and now their work using soybeans to produce hydrogen fuel has paid off.

Each has won $50,000 in scholarship funds from Proton OnSite, a Connecticut-based green technology company.

“We went into our backyard with a shoebox, and we decided to try out all different types of biomass, so we decided to try the highest biomass with the highest protein content, and we chose soybeans,” one of the sisters said.

“We hope to use hydrogen and fuel cells in generators to power industries and homes, and we also hope someday to use it in vehicles,” the other said.

The 17-year-olds plan to go to college – Shilpa to Cornell University, and Shweta to Stonybrook University.

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