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How Green Are Your Gadgets?

greenergadgets.jpgWe all know our gadgets, by nature, aren’t green — most suck power, contain toxic chemicals, and often end up in landfills. But we’re trying to see the softer (cleaner?) side of newer consumer electronics that are designed to be more eco-friendly, and this morning we are in NYC at the first Greener Gadgets convention to check out some of the new devices.

The show will give us a chance to hear from the execs in charge of environmental issues for gear makers Nokia, H-P, Phillips, Dell and Sony. What are their recycling programs, and efforts to make their goods more sustainable? We’re interested in knowing how much they are actually spending on these initiatives, and ultimately if that’s enough. And for that matter, how does that figure compare to the amount they’re spending on green marketing?

Earth2Tech has also organized a panel to be held the afternoon of the show, on alternative sources of energy for mobile devices. We invited five companies that have graced our pages: kinetic power startup M2E Power, Hymini (wind, solar chargers), more efficient lithium ion battery company Boston Power, fuel cell company MTI, and solar charger makers Better Energy Systems (makers of Solio).

We’ve got a bunch of questions to start off the discussion with these companies, namely why we need alternative sources for our gadgets, but we wanted to ask you, dear readers, if you have any questions you think we should bring up in the discussion. Please submit them into the comments section. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

8 Responses to “How Green Are Your Gadgets?”

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  2. Green energy is definitely the best solution in most cases. Technology like solar energy, wind power, fuel cells, zaps electric vehicles, EV hybrids, etc have come so far recently. Green energy even costs way less than oil and gas in many cases.

  3. A Hartman

    How has the consumer response to your energy gadgets been? How does that vary with world locations, age group, where they buy. Is it only greenies or is it going mainstream? Is this a good business?

  4. M Schneider

    I’ve got some questions, not targeted directly/only at your panel, but other sponsors of the show too.

    I’ve got 4 “wall warts” plugged in under my desk all the time. I’ve got umpteen more throughout my house. What will they be doing to increase the power efficiency of my DC powered gadgets and appliances? To standardize or otherwise improve the “wall wart”?

    For the computer manufacturers of the show:
    A) Power supplies. Why are we still shipping low efficiency switching power supplies. I know high efficiency solutions exist. I know that Google is specifically pushing this. What is stopping you from implementing these in 90+% of your new desktop systems today?
    B) I recall reading that the Mac Mini draws 13W of power under load, and under 10 when idle. Primarily because it is using a “mobile” core-duo instead of the desktop equivalent. The majority of desktops that other manufacturers sell contain processors alone that draw 60-120W. What a waste of power, especially since many people don’t need a bleeding edge system to work on some office documents, read email and surf the web. Will you commit to reducing the electric draw that your desktop computers use? Not just for a token model or two that is overpriced, but in quantity to make it more cost effective? How do you think you might accomplish this?