Dell Concept Luna is the notebook Greta Thunberg would love: durable and repairable

there is time Dell Technologies is committed, like other realities, to the sustainability of its operations and end products. Technology-related pollution, so-called e-waste, is a huge problem in an increasingly computerized world.

And to remedy this problem that American society work on “Moon concept“, A prototype laptop co-developed with Intel exploring “revolutionary design ideas“to do the Components immediately accessible, replaceable and reusable. The goal is to reduce resource usage and the pursuit of a so-called “circular economy of materials”.

Being a concept, Luna “was not meant to be produced and sold, but to see what is possible. If all the ideas were realized, one would expect an estimated 50% reduction in the product’s total carbon footprint compared to today“.

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What are these revolutionary ideas? Dell is working onways to increase energy efficiencyby experimenting new materials which have a lower carbon footprint. There motherboardone of the most energy-intensive components to produce, was for example reduced in size by about 75% and the number of components contained by about 20%. In this way the polluting impact of production of the motherboard should 50% drop.

“We have completely redesigned internal component layout – by repositioning the smaller motherboard on the top cover to bring it closer to a larger surface exposed to the cooler outside air. This, combined with its separation from the battery charging unit in the base, leads to passive heat distribution is better and can totally eliminate the need for a fan“.

Such efficiencies are expected to reduce overall energy demand, allowing install smaller batteries with deep cycle cells sufficient to ensure daily autonomy. Another element concerns the frame of the notebook, worked using hydroelectricity and the adoption of a molded structure which requires less energy and produces minimal waste.

Dell also has reduces the number of screws required to access internal components, reduced from hundreds to just four, reducing repair time (to disassemble, repair and reassemble key components) by approximately 1.5 hours. The palm-rest area assembly has been carefully designed for ease of repair and reuse. The keyboard mechanisms also allow simple and clean separation from other components and simplify recycling.

Finally, Dell thought of a new biobased printed circuit board (PCB), made of flax fiber and a water-soluble polymer as glue. Flax fiber replaces traditional plastic laminates and the polymer can actually dissolve with water allowing metals and components to be easily separated from the panels.

At the moment, it’s unclear when we’ll see a laptop on the market based on Concept Luna’s precepts, however. some of these concepts are expected to be implemented in Dell’s consumer laptops by 2030.

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