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Dell's Concept Luna is a sustainable laptop designed with the environment in mind

Dell Concept Luna 6 4
Dell Concept Luna 6 4 (Image credit: Dell)

What you need to know

  • Dell's Concept Luna aims to improve the sustainability of laptop production and to reduce the environmental impact of making devices.
  • The concept's design features a redesigned motherboard that uses less energy to make and an overall reduction in materials.
  • Dell claims that the ideas seen in the concept laptop could reduce the carbon footprint of device manufacturing by close to 50%.

Dell unveiled Concept Luna today, a thought experiment that incorporates several ideas aimed at improving the sustainability of hardware manufacturing. The concept's design uses less material, reduces the energy needed to create components, and even has a printed circuit board that's made with flax fiber and water-soluble polymer as glue.

The Concept Luna is Dell's answer to its own question, "What if we could push reuse to the limit and dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of our products?"

Dell's Concept Luna was designed to showcase sustainability and environmentally friendly practices in a laptop, not to be sold. Dell claims that if the ideas seen in Luna were implemented in real products, that the company would expect an estimated 50% reduction in the carbon footprint of its laptop (when compared to a Dell Latitude 7300 Anniversary Edition).

Luna has a motherboard that's been shrunk in size by approximately 75%. Dell estimates that this change could reduce the carbon footprint of making a motherboard by 50%.

The internal components of the device are laid out in a way that improves passive heating and reduces the need for a fan. Concept Luna has its motherboard near the top of its body and away from its battery to help with heat distribution.

In addition to reducing the carbon footprint of the manufacturing concept, Dell lowered the amount of material needed to make Concept Luna. As an added benefit, this also should make repairs easier.

Dell reduced the number of screwed used in its concept by a factor of ten. Generally speaking, reducing material use is better for the environment than recycling or reusing products. The body of the concept device could be opened by removing only four screws, which is dramatically less than other laptops. It would also make the computer easier to repair.

The palm rest of Concept Luna was built to be easily repairable and reusable. The keyboard can also separate from the body of the device for easy recycling.

Instead of plastic laminates, Dell designed Concept Luna with a bio-based printed circuit board made with flax fiber. The company also used water-soluble polymer as glue.

While it might be some time before we see a laptop that uses all of these ideas, we could see them in upcoming devices.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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9 Comments
  • I only care about lightweight, resistant of material, and the efficiency of the thermal solution. If you first world People want less carbon. Change the feed electric power of yours fabric and countries to nuclear power. And stop crying about it and stop pushing yours shittiest politics on as third world countries.
  • Nuclear Power is - on the long Term - the worst power source we could use. It will take million of years until radiation is back to natural on the nuklear waste.
  • A juvenile argument.
    Nuclear weast it is easy to de al with than carbon, ozone and any wast in the forma of was. And don't lectura me about green energy.
    An scam that rich countries sell to the world. Making money at cost of the poor.
  • Nuclear is the dirtiest, most dangerous technology ever created. The waste is NOT “easy to deal with”. It needs to be tended and monitored for thousands of years. Speaking of juvenile…
  • It depends on the nuclear process.
    Not all nuclear processes produce long lived waste or radioactive waste at all. It is simplistic to save off all nuclear processes without bothering to distinguish among them.
    The important question to ask is "what's the price?" .
    That applies to the "reduced carbon" laptop too.
  • I'm a AGW skeptic, believing CO2 is a GW gas but a very weak one and has little to do with recent warming. With that said, sustainability has more to it then just AGW but keeping our environment from being polluted, wisely utilizing limited resources, and gaining efficiencies in energy consumption. If this laptop concept can help in these areas while still performing well, I am all for it, even if it costs just a bit more.
  • Of course they probably cut down the rainforest for land to grow the flax
  • A laptop with modular components where every piece of hardware could be upgradable, and thus not needing an entire new laptop, would have a much lower impact than what they have come up with here.
  • And what would it cost?
    There already is a modular repairable laptop out there.
    https://www.windowscentral.com/framework-laptop-announcement Affordable isn't it. Plus it relies on proprietary modules.
    The same applies to phones. It's been tried but the economics don't work.
    Note that Dell didn't commit to actually sell the thing.