The world’s first biodegradable computer, the iameco, has been manufactured in Dublin from bio-degradable wood panels made from waste products in the lumber and pulp industry.
During a visit to the company by Ireland’s Minister for Science and Innovation, Jimmy Devins, the inventors of iameco, MicroPro Computers Ltd, said they could implant the seeds of native-tree species into the wood panels.
The minister’s visit coincided with the announcement of details of a new Enterprise Ireland Green Technology Support for businesses.
“Our business is built around green technologies and using them to produce healthier, more energy-efficient and cheaper computers that have less impact on the environment,” said Paul Maher, chief of MicroPro.
He added: “One advantage of iameco is that when the components are buried in landfill the wood gets wet, breaks down and new plants begin to grow from old computers.”
In addition to the iameco computer, which uses one third less energy than conventional computers, the biodegradable wood can also be used to manufacture the computer monitor casing, keyboard and mouse.
Commenting on the success of iameco, Devins said: “The iameco computer story is a true example of innovation at work. Not only have MicroPro Computers developed a new, profitable product range but consumers now have the option of buying an environment friendly computer or TV.”
“Enterprise Ireland’s GreenTech Support can help companies find ways to reduce air pollution and effluents, conserve water and save energy in the workplace as well as come up with new environmentally friendly products,” he added.