Eric Lundgren

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Eric Lundgren
Eric Lundgren on clean up ewaste project in Ghana (cropped).jpg
Lundgren on clean up e-waste project in Ghana
Born
NationalityAmerican
Occupationsocial entrepreneur, innovator
Years active2002-present
Known forElectronic 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[edit]

Lundgren was born and raised in Lynden, Washington, where at a young age began recycling computers from a local bank.[1] He graduated with a bachelor of science in Entrepreneurial studies from Babson College.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

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.[2] He served as the CEO of the company until 2010, before selling to Access Computer Products Inc. (acquired by Waste Management Inc.)[3]

Lundgren said, "95 percent of a computer, such as the battery and the circuits, are generic and can be reused or repurposed."[4] 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.[5]

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.[2][4] Upon returning to the USA, Lundgren founded IT Asset Partners, Inc. in late 2012.[5][6] 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.[2]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Lundgren in Ghana on clean up e-waste project

In 2015, Lundgren undertook a project to clean up e-waste in Ghana at the request of the country’s vice president.[9]

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.[10][11][12][13] 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.[14][15][16]

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.[17][18][19] Lundgren pled guilty to criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods,[20][21] 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.[22][23][24]

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.[25][26] US Public Interest Research Group defended Lundgren, issuing a statement over his sentencing through its Right to Repair campaign.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Better than Tesla: An interview with Eric Lundgren - the man who's built a new electric vehicle out of electronic waste". October 9, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2018.]
  2. ^ a b c High, Peter (June 20, 2017). "A Recycling Entrepreneur Has Been Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison". Forbes. Retrieved May 25, 2018.]
  3. ^ "Waste Management Subsidiary Acquires Access Computer Products Inc. and Mordell LLC". Waste360. 2 August 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Jackman, Tom (February 15, 2018). "Eric Lundgren, 'e-waste' recycling innovator, faces prison for trying to extend life span of PCs". Washington Post. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Former e-scrap executive remains free pending appeal - E-Scrap News". E-Scrap News. July 20, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Eric Lundgren – An Electronics Recycling Innovator Is Going To Prison For His Innovation". Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "This E-Waste Recycler Is Going to Prison for Selling Windows Restore Discs to Put on Refurbished Computers". April 25, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for trying to extend computers' lives". latimes.com. May 25, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "'I got in Microsoft's way': Recycler sentenced over free Windows recovery CDs tells RT". RT International. February 28, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  10. ^ "Eric Lundgren Pulled A BMW Out Of The Trash And Drove 748 Miles On One Charge". Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "Greatest distance by electric vehicle, single charge (non-solar)". Guinness World Records. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "INTERVIEW: Meet Eric Lundgren, who broke the world record for EV range with a car made from trash". June 22, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  13. ^ "Recycler Builds Electric Vehicle Out of Discards". June 14, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  14. ^ "Meet The Guy Who Beat A Tesla P100D With His Trash Car". insideevs.com. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  15. ^ "Where do EV batteries go when they die?". December 5, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  16. ^ Castillo, Michelle (August 16, 2017). "Two hobbyists built an electric car from spare parts. Now they're going after a record set by Tesla". CNBC. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  17. ^ "Eric Lundgren convicted of conspiracy and copyright infringement". latimes.com. February 15, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  18. ^ "An e-waste recycler is going to jail for 'pirating' Windows". Engadget. April 25, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  19. ^ McKay, Tom (April 24, 2018). "E-Waste Innovator Will Go to Jail for Making Windows Restore Disks That Only Worked With Valid Licenses". Gizmodo. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  20. ^ "How Microsoft helped imprison a man for 'counterfeiting' software it gives away for free – TechCrunch". techcrunch.com. May 25, 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Microsoft attempts to spin its role in counterfeiting case – TechCrunch". techcrunch.com. April 28, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  22. ^ "CEO sentenced to prison for counterfeit software scheme - E-Scrap News". E-Scrap News. June 15, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  23. ^ "The e-waste warrior, 28,000 copied Windows restore discs, and a fight to stay out of jail". February 21, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  24. ^ Jackman, Tom (29 April 2018). "E-waste recycler Eric Lundgren loses appeal on computer restore disks, must serve 15-month prison term". Washington Post. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  25. ^ "E-waste recycler gets 15 month prison sentence for creating worthless backup discs". February 16, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  26. ^ "Recycling innovator Eric Lundgren loses appeal on computer restore discs, must serve 15-month prison term". SFGate. April 24, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  27. ^ "E-waste recycler must serve 15-month sentence for selling discs with free Microsoft software". The Verge. April 25, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.