Monday, 27 April 2009

Fujitsu's wind-powered laptop

Fujitsu has managed something of a PR coup in announcing a laptop available in Japan that is effectively wind-powered.

No, it doesn't have its own turbine. The way it works is that the company will purchase a Green Power Certificate equivalent to the total electricity the laptop is estimated to consume during it's operating lifespan. Green Power Certificates are an arrangement in Japan where the Green Energy Certification Centre is responsible for issuing certificates to show that electricity is generated using renewable resources. Hence the electricity actually consumed can be regarded as green.

It's not just a way round making the product more energy-efficient, though. The FMV-BIBLO LOOX U/C50N Eco (such is the catchy name) not only meets the current International Energy Star programme standards, but also the new standards that will take effect on July 1st.

The one remaining question is, why does the green certificate cover just the energy used in its 'operating' lifespan? What about the manufacture (which has been said to account for 50% of the energy used)?

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