The system uses artificial intelligence to identify and remove valuable materials such as rare earth metals and other precious commodities
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Spotted: As society increasingly relies on electronic devices, there is a growing need for more efficient and safer methods of recycling outdated or broken electronics. Flat panel displays (FPDs) are found in many common devices such as televisions and computer monitors. When these devices reach the end of their life cycle, they often contain valuable commodities that can be recycled and reused. However, recovering these materials is a complex and dangerous process that requires specialised equipment and trained personnel.
Now, eLoop, a leading provider of electronics recycling services, has developed the first fully automated system for safely recovering commodities from FPDs. A crucial element of the FPD PRO Technology is artificial intelligence (AI). This identifies rare earth metals and other precious materials that can then be removed from discarded devices. The technology is faster, safer, and more efficient than traditional methods, making it an important innovation in the field of electronic waste recycling.
The automated process is also more environmentally friendly than previous methods, cleanly recovering components that can be reused in the circular economy, keeping them out of landfills. In addition, eLoop’s methodology reduces the costs of recycling.
eLoop estimates that its new process will save 7,900 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year when it reaches full production. The company hopes this will help the state of Pennsylvania, where it is headquartered, reach its net zero goals.
As companies look for ways to support a circular economy, Springwise is seeing a rise in methods for recycling all sorts of material – from disposable chopsticks turned into furniture and homeware to a new type of turbine blade made of a composite material that can be recycled and reused.
Written By: Katrina Lane