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美国能源部授予惠普Everledger区块链电池回收应用程序奖

2021-2-27 10:54

 


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美国能源部(DoE)授予一个财团一个区块链动力回收试验锂离子电池。区块链初创公司Everledger正在开发一款应用程序,奖励回收手机、笔记本电脑和其他设备中的便携式电池的消费者,这是便携式团队联盟的一部分。


该团队的其他成员还有惠普、Call2recycle和移动电话公司Fairphone。


美国能源部倡导的锂离子电池回收奖的目的是支持解决方案,使美国90%的锂电池能够回收或重新引入到供应链中。总共550万美元的奖金将在各阶段的比赛中分配。


如果没有妥善处理,丢弃没有回收的电池是危险的。此外,回收电池可能是耗时的,因为需要在适当的地方丢弃它们。授予Team Portables的35.7万美元资金将用于开发一款名为“奖励回收”(Reward to Recycle)的应用原型,该应用侧重于教育消费者,让他们了解回收电池的需求、如何回收电池,并提供奖励行动的细节。


everledger开发的这款应用将创建一个“电池护照”,可以跟踪锂电池,并可以通过扫描电池标签上的物联网标识符来访问。扫描得到关于回收的重要性、过程和潜在回报的信息。此外,回收商可以跟踪电池直到最终回收目的地,并计算它们的可持续足迹。


锂离子电池回收奖所提供的解决方案对汽车工业来说非常重要,因为它正在转向电动汽车。国际能源机构预测,到2030年,全球将有2.5亿辆电动汽车上路。虽然电动汽车的碳排放量远低于普通汽车,但企业和政府都需要找到一个可持续的解决方案,来处理和回收电池。像“奖励回收”(Reward to Recycle)这样的解决方案将有助于完成这一任务,尽管这款应用的目标是便携电池。


Everledger的首席执行官兼创始人Leanne Kemp表示:“这个解决方案的优势在于,从政府到终端消费者,回收链中所有环节之间的深度合作。”“这是推动电子产品价值链更具可持续性的关键,将其从自然开采转移到我所说的‘城市开采’——确保我们现有的所有电器都能被再利用,以可持续和经济的方式为下一代电子产品提供动力。”


与此同时,Everledger去年获得了美国能源部的资金,用于试点计划,为电动汽车的锂电池分配数字身份,以跟踪其在区块链上的生命周期。


Everledger非常活跃于区块链奢侈品造假解决方案。该公司与中国最大的电子商务公司京东(JD.com)以及钻石市场Rare Carat建立了合作关系,以追溯其钻石销售的可追溯性。该公司还参与了可持续发展项目,如为钻石行业开发区块链碳抵消平台。

 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) made an award to a consortium for a blockchain powered recycling trial for lithium-ion batteries. Blockchain startup Everledger is developing an app to reward consumers for recycling portable batteries found in phones, laptops and other devices as part of the Team Portables consortium.

Other members of the team are HPCall2recycle and mobile phone company Fairphone.

The aim of the Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize promoted by the DoE is to support solutions that contribute to the capture of up to 90% of lithium-based batteries in the U.S. for recycling or re-introduction of materials into the supply chain. A total of $5.5 million is up for distribution across phased competitions.

Discarding batteries without recycling is hazardous if not disposed of appropriately. Furthermore, recycling batteries can be time-consuming because of the need to discard them at appropriate locations. The funding of $357,000 awarded to Team Portables will be used to develop a prototype of an app called Reward to Recycle that focuses on educating consumers about the need, how to recycle the batteries and provides details of rewards for the actions. 

The Everledger-developed app will create a “Battery Passport” that tracks lithium-based batteries and can be accessed through scanning an IoT identifier on the battery label. The scan yields information about the importance of recycling, the process and potential rewards for doing so. Also, recyclers can track the batteries until their final recycling destination and calculate their sustainable footprint. 

The solutions enabled by the Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize will be important for the auto vehicle industry as it shifts towards electric cars. The International Energy Agency predicts 250 million electric vehicles will be on the road by 2030. While the carbon emissions in electric vehicles are much lower than in regular ones, companies and governments alike need to find a sustainable solution for the disposal and recycling of the batteries. Solutions like the Reward to Recycle app will aid in this mission, although this app targets portable batteries.

“The strength of this solution is the deep partnership between all links in the recycling chain, from government to end consumer,” said Everledger’s CEO and Founder Leanne Kemp. “That’s the key to driving more sustainability in the electronics value chain, moving it from natural mining to what I call ‘urban mining’ – making sure all our existing appliances will be reutilised and power the next generation of gadgets, sustainably and economically.”

Meanwhile, last year Everledger received funding from the DoE for pilot initiatives that assigned digital identities to electric vehicle’s lithium-based batteries to track their lifecycle on blockchain. 

Everledger is very active in blockchain luxury counterfeit solutions. The firm has a partnership with China’s largest e-commerce company JD.com for traceability of its diamond sales and with diamond marketplace Rare Carat. The startup is also involved in sustainable initiatives such as the development of a blockchain carbon offset platform for the diamond industry. 

 

来自: Ledger Insights