Recycling is essential – if not particularly appealing – as part of the fight against climate change. It is no secret that the world has a serious waste problem. Only the United States produces 292.4 million tons of waste per year, or 4.9 pounds per person per day. Globally, we produce 380 million tons of plastics a year, half of which is sold for consumer goods.
Every year, the world dumps in between 20-50 million metric tons of electronic waste only 12.5% was recycled. The clean energy technology and technology we need to fight climate change rely on very limited minerals such as lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese.
Waste mountains, non-recycled plastics and mineral scarcity in clean energy transitions threaten our ability to achieve a sustainable world. That is why I am excited that the managers of AMP Robotics, Novoloop and Nth Cycle will join us on stage. TC Meetings: Climate and Technical Challenge 2022 Global End June 14 in Berkeley, California.
AMP recycling technology – a combination of computer vision, machine learning and robot automation can sort waste streams in ways that conventionally cannot, and cost much less than most waste centers. Robots can differentiate between high-density and low-density plastics, sorting by color, clear, dark and shapes such as covers, tubes, clamshells and cups. In 2021, AMP doubled the number of device installations in 25 states, increasing its fleet to US by 200.
Founder and CEO Matanya Horowitz earned four undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, accounting, and economics, along with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, from Boulder University of Colorado. He holds a doctorate degree in control and active procedures from the California Institute of Technology.
Novoloop, a new US-based startup that has now raised $ 11 million in a series of investments led by Envisioning Partners, is replacing plastic waste with its unique technology, ATOD (Accelerated Thermal Oxidative Decomposition). The company claims that this method breaks down polyethylene (the most commonly used plastic today) into chemical blocks that can be made from high-value materials.
Founder and CEO Miranda Wang, an entrepreneur who supports climate technology is Forbes 30 Under 30, UN Young Champion of the Earth and winner of the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius award. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UPenn and a bachelor’s degree in science from McGill University.
The Nth Cycle, on the other hand, has developed a special technology called electro-extraction. It allows recycling and miners to recover vital minerals from discarded batteries, low-grade minerals and landfill waste using only electrical and carbon filters. It is an environmentally-friendly, low-cost alternative to pyrometallurgy and current hydrometallurgy methods.
Megan O’Connor is an environmental engineer and pharmacist. She founded the Nth Cycle a day after defending her doctoral dissertation. She received her doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from Duke University and graduated from the second group of Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
We look forward to this discussion of ways in which technology can transform recycling into a powerful, efficient and cost-effective tool to combat climate change. We also want to get a sense of each company’s work map and how effectively they can measure even greater growth.
TC Meetings: Climate 2022 It is all about the rising tide of start-ups, technologists, scientists and engineers dedicated to saving our planet and, of course, investors investing in them. Join us in person June 14 at UC Berkley’s Zellerbach Auditorium. Register now and save $ 200.