Wind Powered Laptop by Fujitsu

by Michal on May 18, 2009

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This past April, Fujitsu released the FMV-BIBLO LOOX U/C50NA, a wind powered laptop, sort of. For each laptop that is sold, the company will purchase wind powered “green energy credits” that is equal to the estimated amount of electricity the machine will use over its four year lifespan. So while the actual laptop itself is not physically powered by the wind, Fujitsu is tapping into the eco-conscious market in Japan and helping the environment along the way.

It is estimated that this laptop will reduce carbon emissions by up to 18 kilograms in its total life span. The company calculates this reduced carbon emissions by assuming the computer will be used for 4.5 hours each day, charged for 4.5 hours a day, and turned off for 15 hours a day. Over a four year period the amount of electricity consumed would be about 45.55 kilowatt hours which is equivalent to 18 kilograms of CO2 emissions.

The computer is among the company’s smallest models, with a 5.6 inch swivel screen. It runs on the Intel Atom processor just like many machines this size. It also includes a 1GB of memory and up to a 120GB hard disk drive and built-in cellular modem card in some models.
In addition to the efforts to reduce carbon emissions, this laptop has also received the Energy Star Rating, and will also meet the new requirements for Energy Star once released in June.

Of course, none of this is for free. The laptop will cost about $1160 and is currently only available in the Japanese market. There has been no information released yet as to when this will be available in the United States.

Source: PC World

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