Apple updates its recycling robot for Earth Day
The American technology company, Apple, has updated its iPhone recycling robot which it launched in 2016.
Key parts of Liam, the former robot, have been reused to create Daisy – Apple’s new artificial intelligence (AI) machine.
From 100,000 models of the iPhone 6, the previous robot could recover 1,900kg of aluminium, 800kg of copper, 0.3kg of gold, 55kg of tin, 550kg of cobalt, and 24kg of rare earth elements, as well as some conflict minerals, such as Tungsten and Tantalum.
Daisy is capable of recycling the same amount of material from old Apple devices, but is more time-efficient – the new machine can disassemble up to 200 of Apple’s old devices in an hour.
“At Apple, we’re constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet’s precious resources,” stated Lisa Jackson, the Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives at Apple.
“We’re also thrilled to introduce Daisy to the world, as she represents what’s possible when innovation and conservation meet.”
The company has also announced that it will be transitioning into using 100% recycled tin for the main board of its iPhone, as well as using reclaimed aluminium to build new devices in a bid to “one day stop mining the earth altogether”.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.