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Eco-Electronics

  • By: Sabil Francis
  • In: Green Technology: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney
  • Subject:Environmental Sciences (general), Environmental Technology, Policy & Management

Eco-electronics, or green electronics, can be defined as machines that are designed to combine low energy consumption with minimal environmental impact. Sustained pressure from environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the possibility of expensive litigation, and the growing green market have contributed to encouraging innovation in the electronic sector.

Defining Eco-Electronics

Using a narrow technical definition, eco-electronics involves developing new ways to create household power (through solar power and fuel cell systems), storing energy through new lithium-ion battery technologies, smart energy management systems to prevent the waste of clean energy in homes, and through ecocentric manufacturing and product procurement practices, including developing stricter policies on the practices of partners and materials suppliers. Eco-electronics also incorporates designs and features material and manufacturing processes that consume less energy and attempt to ...

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