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Dell’s Concept Luna is a fascinating form of Sustainable PC Design

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As we are progressing into the third decade of this 21st century we have increased the carbon footprint of our planet by leaps and bounds, now companies have stepped to reduce it somehow, with unique ideas and fascinating concepts. Dell, which is a major player in the laptop market has shared their Concept Luna that focuses on making laptops more sustainable than ever!

Dell Technologies has recently shared with us some fascinating laptop concepts of their upcoming Concept Luna project. It will totally change the way how we have thought about laptops and make them reusable again, this concept will totally revolutionize the PC industry forever!

Here’s a short video shared by DELL and what they had to say about their fascinating new Sustainable PC design:

A proof-of-concept developed in collaboration with Intel, Concept Luna explores revolutionary design ideas to make components immediately accessible, replaceable and reusable—reducing resource use and keeping even more circular materials in the economy. It was created to test what could be possible, not to be manufactured and sold. But if all the design ideas in Concept Luna were realized, we could expect to see an estimated 50% reduction in overall product carbon footprint.

Here’s why we’re excited about Concept Luna:

  • A reduced product carbon footprint: We looked at brand new ways to increase energy efficiency, deliver better power and cooling and experimented with materials that have a smaller carbon footprint to help deliver a more decarbonized device.
    • Motherboards can be one of the most energy intense components to manufacture – by shrinking its total area by approximately 75% (now smaller than 5,580 mm2) and component count by approximately 20% , we estimate the carbon footprint of the motherboard could be reduced by 50%.
    • We completely reconsidered the layout of all internal components – relocating that smaller motherboard to the top cover puts it closer to a larger surface area exposed to the cooler air outside. This, combined with separating it from the battery charging unit in the base, leads to better passive heat distribution and could totally eliminate the need for a fan.
    • These efficiencies could significantly reduce the overall power needs – making way for a smaller battery with advanced deep-cycle cells that is still powerful enough for daily use.
    • An aluminum chassis processed using hydro power and using a stamped aluminum construction requires less energy and produces minimal scrap.
  • Dell's Concept Luna is a fascinating form of Sustainable PC Design
  • Dell's Concept Luna is a fascinating form of Sustainable PC Design
  • Dell's Concept Luna is a fascinating form of Sustainable PC Design
  • Dell's Concept Luna is a fascinating form of Sustainable PC Design
  • Dell's Concept Luna is a fascinating form of Sustainable PC Design
  • Dell's Concept Luna is a fascinating form of Sustainable PC Design
  • Dell's Concept Luna is a fascinating form of Sustainable PC Design
  • A future vision of reuse, repair and recreating: Our position is simple. We need to move from use, then recycle – to use, reuse multiple times and then recycle when the material is no longer usable in its original form. This iteration of Concept Luna does just that. It shows a vision for what could be.
    • We’ve reduced the number of screws by 10x, with just four needed to access internal components – reducing time for repairs (to disassemble, repair and reassemble key components) by approximately 1.5 hours (16x faster than for a similar product today)[v].  
    • The palm rest assembly is intentionally designed for ease of repair and reuse. The keyboard mechanisms provide clean, easy separation from other components and simplify recycling.
    • The advanced deep-cycle cell battery provides a long charge that can be maintained across many years of use, increasing refurbishment and reuse beyond the first product life it services.
    • A new bio-based printed circuit board (or ‘PCB’) is made with flax fiber in the base and water-soluble polymer as the glue. What’s noteworthy here is that the flax fiber replaces traditional plastic laminates. And even better, the water-soluble polymer can “dissolve” — meaning recyclers can more easily separate metals and components from the boards.
Dell's Concept Luna is a fascinating form of Sustainable PC Design

Concept Luna is a strong example of how we are exploring new ways to dramatically accelerate progress against our goals. Proving what might be possible is only the first step, the next is to take these innovative sustainable design ideas and evaluate which have the greatest potential to scale across our product portfolio.

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This concept, and future iterations and others that follow, are how we will build on the existing circular economy leadership you see across our product portfolio today to examine, re-examine and reconsider every step of the product lifecycle, to deliver even more sustainable products in the future.

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