CEOs of AMP Robotics, Novoloop and Nth Cycle will discuss stopping recycling at TC Sessions: Climate – TechCrunch

Recycling is an essential – if not particularly glamorous – part of tackling climate change. It’s no secret that the world has a serious garbage problem. The US alone generates 292.4 million tons of garbage per year, or £4.9 per person per day. Globally, we produce 380 million tons of plastic annually, half of which goes into single-use products.

Every year, the world pours in between 20-50 million metric tons of e-waste and only 12.5% ​​is recycled. Tech gadgets and clean energy technologies we need to fight climate change depend on critically finite minerals such as lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese.

Mountains of garbage, unrecycled plastics and a shortage of minerals needed for the clean energy transition threaten our ability to achieve a more sustainable world. That’s why we’re excited that the CEOs of AMP Robotics, Novoloop and Nth Cycle will join us on stage at TC Sessions: Climate and The Extreme Tech Challenge 2022 Global Finals on 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 that traditional systems cannot, and at a much lower cost than most waste-handling facilities. Robots can tell the difference between high and low density plastics, sort by color, clarity, opacity and shapes like lids, tubs, shells and cups. In 2021, AMP doubled the number of robotic installations in 25 states, increasing its US fleet to nearly 200.

Founder and CEO Matanya Horowitz earned four bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, and economics, as well as a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds a doctorate in control and dynamics systems from the California Institute of Technology.

Novoloop, a new US-based startup that has just raised $11 million in Series A funding led by Envisioning Partners, transforms plastic waste through its proprietary technology, ATOD (Accelerated Thermal Oxidative Decomposition). The company claims that this process breaks down polyethylene (the most commonly used plastic today) into chemical building blocks that can be synthesized into high-value products.

Co-founder and CEO Miranda Wang, a venture-backed climate technology entrepreneur is a Forbes 30 Under 30, UN Young Champion of the Earth, and Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius award winner. She received her bachelor’s degree (Entrepreneurship Engineering, Philosophy, Molecular Biology) from UPenn and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University.

Nth Cycle, in turn, has developed a unique technology called electro-extraction. It allows recyclers and miners to recover critical minerals from discarded batteries, low-grade ores and mine waste using only electricity and carbon filters. It is an eco-friendly and low-cost alternative to current pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy processes.

Megan O’Connor is an environmental and chemical engineer. She founded Nth Cycle the day after defending her doctoral thesis. She received her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University and graduated from the second cohort of Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

We look forward to this conversation about the ways technology is transforming recycling into a powerful, efficient and cost-effective tool to fight climate change. We also want to get a feel for each company’s roadmap and how efficiently they can scale to even greater growth.

TC Sessions: Climate 2022 it’s all about the rising tide of startups, technologies, scientists and engineers dedicated to saving our planet and, of course, the investors who fund them. Join us in person June 14 at UC Berkley’s Zellerbach Auditorium. Register now and save $200.

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