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The economic and ecological impact of shifting to a modular smartphone design

Peters, J.G. (2022) The economic and ecological impact of shifting to a modular smartphone design.

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Abstract:The number of smartphones sold increases with the effect of growth in E-waste. A solution to prevent the growth in E-waste might be modular smartphones. This kind of smartphone design allows consumers to increase the lifecycle of their smartphone due to the opportunity of replacing parts relatively easily single-handed. However, the economic and ecologic effect of shifting to modular smartphone design is not apparent. In this paper, four non-modular smartphones will be designed as modular smartphones based on the design of Fairphones. These designs will be compared against each other economically and ecologically. A simulation will run over five years for both effects wherein the replacement of parts and the smartphone itself will be simulated. The repair costs can be determined for the economic effect with the amount of replaced parts. The ecological effect will be determined by applying the kg CO2e parts produced. With this information, advice will be given on which design will be better for the economy of consumers and which design will be less harmful to the planet by producing less kg CO2e.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:43 environmental science, 83 economics
Programme:Business & IT BSc (56066)
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