AMP Robotics, Novoloop, and Nth Cycle CEOs to Discuss Recycling Disruption in TC:Climate Sessions – TechCrunch

Recycling is an essential – if not particularly glamorous – part of the fight against climate change. It’s no secret that the world has a serious waste problem. The United States alone generates 292.4 million tons of waste per year, or 4.9 pounds per person per day. Globally, we produce 380 million tonnes of plastic per year, half of which is for single-use products.

Every year, the world pours between 20 to 50 million tons of electronic waste and only 12.5% ​​of it is recycled. Tech gadgets and clean energy technologies we need to fight climate change rely on extremely limited minerals such as lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese.

Mountains of trash, unrecycled plastics, and a shortage of minerals needed to transition to clean energy threaten our ability to create a more sustainable world. That’s why we’re thrilled to have the CEOs of AMP Robotics, Novoloop and Nth Cycle joining us on stage at TC Sessions: Climate and the 2022 Extreme Tech Challenge Global Finals on June 14 in Berkeley, Calif.

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 cost far below most waste treatment facilities. The robots can differentiate between high and low density plastics, sort by color, clarity, opacity and shapes like lids, jars, shells and cups. In 2021, AMP doubled the number of robotic installations in 25 states, bringing its US fleet to nearly 200.

Founder and CEO Matanya Horowitz earned four bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, applied math, and economics, as well as a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds a PhD in Control Systems and Dynamics from the California Institute of Technology.

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

Co-founder and CEO Miranda Wang, a venture capitalist-backed climate tech entrepreneur, is Forbes 30 Under 30, UN Young Champion of the Earth, and winner of the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award. She earned her BSc (Engineering Entrepreneurship, Philosophy, Molecular Biology) from the University of Pennsylvania and a BSc from McGill University.

Nth Cycle, on the other hand, has developed a unique technology called electro-extraction. It enables recyclers and miners to recover critical minerals from used batteries, low-grade ores and mine site waste using only electricity and carbon filters. It is an environmentally friendly and inexpensive alternative to current pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy processes.

Megan O’Connor is an environmental engineer and chemist. She founded Nth Cycle one day after defending her doctoral thesis. She earned her Ph.D. 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 how technology is transforming recycling into a powerful, efficient and cost-effective tool to fight climate change. We also want to get a sense of each company’s roadmap and how effectively it can scale for even more growth.

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

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