Dell unveils vision for sustainable PC design


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 10 January, 2022

Dell unveils vision for sustainable PC design

Dell Technologies has developed a prototype concept PC comprising recycled and recyclable materials, as well as easily repairable and replaceable modular parts.

Concept Luna explores design ideas designed to increase sustainability and reduce the environmental footprint of technology devices.

According to Dell, if all the design ideas in concept Luna were realised it could lead to a 50% reduction in the overall product carbon footprint of a laptop PC.

These ideas include a reduction in the total area of a motherboard by around 75% to reduce manufacturing energy requirements, changing the layout of internal components in a way which could eliminate the need for a fan and reducing the number of screws tenfold to just four needed to access internal components.

The prototype also uses a new bio-based PCB made with flax fibre in the base and water-soluble polymer as the glue, as well as an advanced deep-cycle cell battery capable of being maintained across many years of use.

Dell Client Solution Group CTO Glen Robson said the project represents Dell’s ambitions to push reuse to the limit while dramatically reducing the carbon footprint of its products.

“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,” he said.

“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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