Just last month Apple announced Self Service Repair, which would allow savvy customers to repair their iPhone 12 and 13 phones and (eventually) Macs using genuine Apple components. Dell is now going a step further with Concept Luna, a proof-of-concept eco-friendly laptop made in collaboration with Intel.
In a nutshell, Concept Luna aims to make repairs easy while keeping carbon emissions low throughout the manufacturing process and in use.
Users can expect to disassemble the device and access internals using just four screws, which reduces the amount of time needed for repairs by roughly 1.5 hours (compared to the Dell Latitude 7300 Anniversary Edition).
Meanwhile, a streamlined manufacturing process reduces materials needed in the laptop’s production, starting with the motherboard – one the “most energy intense components to manufacture”, according to Glen Robson, Chief Technology Officer at Dell.
In Concept Luna, the motherboard is 75% smaller and housed closer to the top of the device, so it cools with the natural air flow around the device.
The motherboard is also separated from the battery charging unit, allowing better heat distribution and reducing the need for a fan.
With less effort needed to cool the device, Dell sees Luna reducing power drainage as well. This should also allow for a smaller ‘deep cycle cell’ battery which can be used for many years beyond the first cycle of the product’s life.
Another green feature is Luna’s “bio-based printed circuit board” that’s made of flax fibre and uses a water-soluble glue. This replaces the plastic laminates usually found on circuit boards. The innovation should make the internal components easier to recycle and to separate from metals, according to Dell.
Concept Luna relies on an environmentally-friendly external chassis too, which uses a ‘stamped aluminium construction’ that’s built using hydro power and which produces minimal waste.
While this is exciting for the future of green computing, it is still just a proof-of-concept – so don’t expect to see it on store shelves any time soon.
Dell hasn’t indicated how much such a laptop design would cost consumers. Still, the company says the next step is to take the learnings from Concept Luna and see which techniques could be applied across its products.
It’s entirely possible we might start seeing some of these features roll out in Dell laptops in the near future. Although it’s impossible to tell just how soon that might be, we’re keen to find out more.
It’s a promising sign to see a major player like Dell taking steps to make its devices last longer in the
circular economy and we can only hope other top brands will follow suit.
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