Dell Technologies affirms its commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. In order to reduce electronic waste, Dell introduced the Concept Luna prototype. What’s that?
Moon Concept Ideas
Dell has an ambitious goal of accelerating the circular economy and achieving its target of zero greenhouse gas emissions. With increasing attention to the climate crisis, e-waste and resource constraints, Dell is trying to push reuse to the maximum and drastically reduce the carbon footprint of Dell products.
Last year Dell introduced closed-loop aluminum from used hard drives, a bioplastic made from tree waste in the paper-making process, and increased its use of reclaimed carbon fiber to more than 544 tons (1.2 million pounds). As a continuous effort, Dell continues to look for new ways to accelerate efforts to achieve these goals until finally presenting the Luna Concept prototype.
According to Dell, Concept Luna is a proof-of-concept that was co-developed with Intel and explores revolutionary design ideas to make various PC components quickly available, replaceable, and reused.
This concept reduces the use of resources and ensures that more circular materials can be used. If all the design ideas from Concept Luna can be realized, Dell estimates the company can reduce the carbon footprint of Dell products by about 50 percent.
Reduce carbon footprint
To be able to produce much lower carbon emissions, Dell continues to experiment. For example, the motherboard is one of the components that consume the most energy. By reducing the total size of the motherboard by about 75 percent and reducing the number of components in the motherboard by about 20 percent, it is estimated that the carbon footprint can be reduced by up to 50 percent.
The layout of all internal components was also redesigned. The trick is to move the reduced motherboard to the top cover so that it is closer to a larger surface area, and is exposed to cool air from outside the laptop.
Separating the motherboard from the battery charging assembly at the bottom allows for better passive heat distribution, which can completely eliminate the need for fans. All of these efficiencies can significantly reduce total power requirements, paving the way for smaller batteries with deep-cycle cells that remain powerful enough for everyday use.
No less interesting, Dell also mentioned the aluminum chassis which is processed using hydropower and uses stamped aluminum construction. Not only does it require less energy, it also reduces waste.
Easy to repair and recycle
Through Concept Luna, Dell has a vision for the future, namely Reuse, Repair, and Recreating. Dell wanted to reduce the number of bolts by 10 times, create a palm rest construction designed for easy repair and reuse, and a keyboard mechanism designed to be easy to clean, separate from other components, and recycle.
There’s also an advanced deep-cycle cell battery that allows for long charging times so the battery can last for years. Lastly is the bio-based Printed Circuit Board (PCB), which is made with flax fiber as the baseboard and water-soluble polymer as the glue.