Idea Luna was born out of rising issues concerning the local weather disaster, e-waste, and useful resource constraints. It is also an preliminary reply to a query Dell posed to itself: “What if we might push reuse to the restrict and dramatically cut back the carbon footprint of our merchandise?” The query comes at a time when Dell says its formidable objectives to speed up the round economic system and obtain web zero greenhouse fuel emissions have by no means been extra mission vital. That means the time to behave is now, not tomorrow.
Dell collaborated with Intel on Idea Luna, a proof-of-concept laptop computer that “explores revolutionary design concepts” aimed toward making parts instantly accessible, replaceable, and reusable (within the picture above, you possibly can see the keyboard indifferent, which is designed to slip and clip out—there are not any ribbon cables, and so on.)
It is a modular laptop computer, but additionally a check automobile of types, to see what is feasible (versus designing a product to be manufactured and bought instantly). In that sense, the modular laptop computer can function a blueprint for future merchandise. To that finish, if each a part of Idea Luna had been realized, Dell says the general product carbon footprint could be lower in half.
Lowering the carbon footprint just isn’t the one side of Idea Luna, although it is a main a part of it. Dell mentioned it checked out methods to extend vitality effectivity and ship higher energy and cooling. It additionally experimented with supplies which have a smaller carbon footprint.
One among major areas for this effort is the motherboard, because it consumes extra vitality than some other element to fabricate. Dell claims that by shrinking the whole space by 75 p.c (making it smaller than 5,580 mm2) and lowering the element depend by 20 p.c, it could possibly cut back the carbon footprint of the motherboard by 50 p.c.
Dell additionally “utterly reconsidered the format of all inner parts.” By making the motherboard a lot smaller, it was in a position to relocate it beneath the highest cowl somewhat than on the base the place it sits in each different laptop computer. This has the advantage of exposing a bigger floor air to outdoors air. It additionally separates the primary parts of the laptop computer from the primary battery again, which in flip can result in improved passive warmth distribution. In response to Dell, this might get rid of the necessity for a cooling fan.
That battery pack, by the best way, is a sophisticated deep-cycle cell battery that’s designed to carry a cost by way of years of use, properly past the laptop computer’s first lifecycle. This makes refurbishing and reusing the laptop computer a extra possible proposition.
On the manufacturing aspect, Idea Luna employs an aluminum chassis, which in and of itself just isn’t uncommon. On this case, nevertheless, the stamped aluminum development is processed utilizing hydro energy, which requires much less vitality and reduces scrap steel.
It additionally leverages a bio-based printed circuit board (PCB constructed with flax fiber instead of conventional plastic laminates within the base, with a water-soluble polymer serving because the adhesive. The latter is very useful relating to repairs—Dell says it could possibly dissolve, making it less difficult to pry aside metals and parts from the boards. Within the image above, you possibly can see the show panel indifferent from the laptop computer meeting.
“Our place is straightforward. We have to transfer from use, then recycle—to make use of, reuse a number of instances, after which recycle when the fabric is now not usable in its authentic type. This iteration of Idea Luna does simply that. It exhibits a imaginative and prescient for what could possibly be,” Dell says.
That is additionally solely step one, that being to show what is feasible. The following step is to judge which of those design traits have a practical shot at scaling into precise merchandise bought to enterprise prospects and maybe house customers in some unspecified time in the future. And as time goes on, Dell intends to proceed iterating on this idea.