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Lundgren on clean up e-waste project in Ghana
|Occupation||social entrepreneur, innovator|
|Known for||Electronic waste recycling, "The Phoenix" recycled electric car, Electronics Right to Repair|
Clifford Eric Lundgren is an American social entrepreneur, innovator and advocate best known for recycling electronic waste. He is currently the COO of MiningSky and Founder of IT Asset Partners, Inc. (ITAP), an electronics reuse and Hybrid Recycling company headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
Early life and education
Lundgren was born and raised in Lynden, Washington, where at a young age began recycling computers from a local bank. He graduated with a bachelor of science in Entrepreneurial studies from Babson College.
In 2002, the age of 19, Lundgren moved to Los Angeles, and started his first electronics recycling company, Environmental Computer Associates (ECA), where he worked with a number of large companies including American Airlines. He served as the CEO of the company until 2010, before selling to Access Computer Products Inc. (acquired by Waste Management Inc.)
Lundgren said, "95 percent of a computer, such as the battery and the circuits, are generic and can be reused or repurposed." He spent much time to recovering discarded batteries, whether from electric cars or computers, and reusing them in wheelchairs, electronics, and various vehicles. In 2009, Lundgren founded Source Captain Inc. in order to help American buyers bypass the broker process to source direct certified factories on a global scale.
At the age of 23, Lundgren traveled to China and lived there for 5 years learning about the efficient way of electronic recycling and finding ways to send cheap parts to America to prolong the lifecycle of electronics. Upon returning to the USA, Lundgren founded IT Asset Partners, Inc. in late 2012. The company repurposes enterprise and consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries, harvests generic parts & components, and recycles e-waste for bell weather technology companies.
He launched the first “electronic hybrid recycling” facility in the United States, which turns discarded cell phones and other electronics into functional devices, slowing the stream of harmful chemicals and metals into landfills and the environment.
While in China, one of his Source Captain projects was to manufacture "restore disks", usually supplied by computer-makers as a way for users to restore Windows to a hard drive if it crashes. The disks can be used only on a computer that already has a license for the Windows Operating System, and the license transfers with the computer for its full lifespan.
In 2012, Lundgren had 28,000 of the disks made and shipped to a broker in Florida. Their plan was to provide the discs to used-computer buyers who wouldn't have to take the time to create the discs themselves.
In 2015, Lundgren undertook a project to clean up e-waste in Ghana at the request of the country’s vice president.
In 2016, the company undertook an initiative where it repaired and donated more than 14,000 cellphones and $100,000 to “Cellphones for Soldiers” to benefit U.S. soldiers deployed overseas.
In 2017, Eric Lundgren converted a salvaged BMW known as “The Phoenix” to an electric vehicle modifying it out of 90% recycled parts to become with worlds most efficient electric vehicle with a Guinness Book World Record distance of 999.5 miles on a single charge. The Phoenix has also surpassed Elon Musk & Tesla Model S P100D’s world record of 1083 km (673 miles) on a single charge by traveling 1,203 km (748 miles) on real California highways and streets at freeway speeds and in stop-and-go conditions, averaging 52 miles per hour.
As of June 19, 2017, Lundgren stepped down as CEO of the company due to legal issues. Lundgren was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on February 28, 2017 for creating the ‘restore disks’ in 2012 to extend the life of computers but violated a Microsoft copyright. Lundgren pled guilty to criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, and in May, a judge for the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida sentenced him to the prison time, three years of supervised release, and a $50,000 fine.
In April 2018, a federal appeals court in Miami rejected his claim of the "restore disks" he made to extend the lives of computers had no financial value, instead ruled that he had infringed Microsoft's products, valuing restore disks at $700,000. US Public Interest Research Group defended Lundgren, issuing a statement over his sentencing through its Right to Repair campaign.
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