Recycling is an important, if not particularly glamorous, part of the fight against climate change. It’s no secret that there is a serious problem with garbage in the world. USA only produce 292.4 million tons of garbage per year or 4.9 pounds per person per day. Globally, we produce 380 million tons of plastic every year, half of which goes into disposables.
Every year the world throws off 20-50 million metric tons of e-waste and only 12.5% of it is recycled. The tech gadgets and clean energy technologies we need to fight climate change rely on critically limited minerals such as lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese.
Mountains of garbage, unrecycled plastic and a shortage of minerals needed to make the transition to clean energy threaten our ability to build a more sustainable world. That’s why we’re thrilled to have leaders from AMP Robotics, Novoloop and Nth Cycle join us on stage at TC Sessions: Climate and The Extreme Tech Challenge 2022 Global Finals June 14 in Berkeley, California.
AMP’s recycling technology — a combination of computer vision, machine learning and robotic automation — can sort waste streams in ways traditional systems can’t, and at a cost far lower than most recycling businesses. Robots can distinguish between high and low density plastics, sort by color, transparency, opacity, and shapes such as lids, tubs, shells, and cups. In 2021, AMP doubled the number of robotic installations in 25 states, increasing its US fleet to almost 200.
Founder and CEO Matanya Horowitz earned four bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, and economics, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds a PhD in Control and Dynamic Systems from the California Institute of Technology.
Novoloop, a new US startup that just raised $11 million in Series A funding led by Envisioning Partners, is recycling plastic waste with its patented ATOD (accelerated thermal oxidative decomposition) technology. The company claims that this process breaks down polyethylene (the most widely used plastic today) into chemical building blocks that can be synthesized into valuable products.
Co-founder and CEO Miranda Wang, a climate technology venture capitalist, is a Forbes 30 Under 30, UN Young Champion of the Earth, and Pritzker Prize-winning New Environmental Genius. She received her B.A. (Engineering Entrepreneurship, Philosophy, Molecular Biology) from UPenn and her B.Sc. from McGill University.
Meanwhile, Nth Cycle developed a unique technology called electroextraction. It allows processors and miners to recover critical minerals from discarded batteries, low-grade ores and mine waste using only electricity and carbon filters. It is an environmentally friendly and inexpensive alternative to existing pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy processes.
Megan O’Connor is an environmental engineer and chemist. She founded Nth Cycle the day after her PhD. She received her PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Duke University and graduated from the Innovative Crossroads Group 2 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
We look forward to this talk about how technology is making recycling a powerful, efficient and cost-effective tool to combat climate change. We also want to get an idea of each company’s roadmap and how effectively they can scale to grow even more.
TC Sessions: Climate 2022 it’s all about the growing wave of startups, tech, scientists and engineers dedicated to saving our planet and of course the investors who are funding them. Join us in person on June 14 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium. Register now and save $200.
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