Using Robots to Address Climate Change

2018 Muehlenbeck Innovation Award Winner by the City of Austin, TX for the Alliance for Innovation

Apr 11, 2018

The Watershed Protection Department needed to find a way to be carbon neutral by 2020 in its operations. It generates over 13,000 tons of waste gathered from local waterbodies annually. Much of this is a mixture of wood, trash, human and dog waste and sediment. It is too dangerous and expensive to consider sorting. In 2017 one of the nation's first robotic trash separators came to Austin. Initial trials showed an 80% reduction in trash that could lead to significant carbon emission reductions, 400 tons being repurposed and an emissions reduction similar to 2,000,000 auto miles.  View the award video below:

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