Eco-Friendly Tablets: The Wave of the Future
Written by Kendall Conners
In this day-and-age technology evolves in the blink of an eye. It seems like the second you get your hands on the latest-and-greatest gadget, there’s already a new one out that’s faster, smarter and trendier.
The latest technology to take the world by storm is tablet computers. These nifty gadgets, such as Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, allow you to read books or magazines, surf the web, play games, watch high-definition movies, listen to music, and send and receive email. And not only are these tablets trendy and convenient, they also provide countless benefits for the environment.
With tablets taking over the consumer marketplace, the days of print are becoming obsolete. Consumers can now easily read books, magazines and newspapers on their tablets, saving thousands upon thousands of trees in the process. But besides saving trees, how eco-friendly are tablet computers?
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Keeping in true Apple fashion, the company is ahead of the trend and sparked the tablet revolution, with the iPad being one of the first tablets to catch consumer attention. Weighing less than two pounds, the iPad is less than 10 inches tall and is only half an inch thick. But besides its sleek and sophisticated design, the iPad is full of many eco-friendly features as well.
The iPad includes arsenic-free display glass, mercury-free LCD display and is free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This revolutionary tablet also includes recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure and its long battery life allows users to surf, listen to music or watch videos for up to 10 hours on a single charge, cutting down on energy consumption.
But the Apple iPad isn’t the only tablet to go above and beyond to provide eco-friendly features. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is also doing its part to reduce its carbon footprint. The Android powered Galaxy Tab comes equipped with Corning’s Gorilla Glass, which is an environmentally friendly alkali-aluminosilicate thin sheet glass that offers up to four times the strength in breakage resistance. This eco-friendly Gorilla Glass provides a protective cover sheet, damage resistance, improves the lifespan and offers a more scratch-resistant, durable and pristine viewing quality.
But while Apple and Samsung provide many eco-friendly features, there is a new tablet concept in the works that may take eco-friendly to a whole new level.
The all-new Ecopad concept tabletis not your ordinary green gadget; this device offers something no other tablet can. This revolutionary concept tablet requires no external charging – meaning no power adapters, no electricity use, no interruption from non-stop 24/7 use and immense energy savings.
The secret behind the Ecopad is NANO piezoelectricity film. This film collects power from every touch and swipe on the screen, so your fingers do the charging. Basically, the more you use the Ecopad the more it charges the battery, leaving you with a never-ending battery and putting the Energizer Bunny to shame. Could the Ecopad concept tablet be the wave of the future when it comes to tablet computers? I guess only time will tell.
Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process
Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.
Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.
The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content.
In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.
Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.
"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president.
“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.
"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.
Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.
Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.
A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.
The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.