One-of-a-kind technology aims to reduce overall waste and eliminate global reliance on disposable batteries
BRACKNELL, UNITED KINGDOM– 9 January 2024 – 3M, a leader in the field of innovative technology, unveiled the world's first self-charging protective communications headset at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2024 today. The headsets use patented Powerfoyle™ solar cell technology to convert both solar and artificial light into clean energy and are made in part from recycled materials, thereby significantly contributing to the reduction of waste while also promoting the sustainable and long-term use of electronic products.
By combining elements of climate tech, consumer electronics, and user safety, the 3M™ PELTOR™ WS™ ALERT™ XPV headset enables users to work safely and effectively, all while remaining connected to one another. "This technology is a real breakthrough, and it has the potential to have a major positive impact on the environment," said Peter Berghamn, Business Director of 3M PELTOR. "These headsets will reduce the need for disposable batteries, which will benefit the environment - especially when you consider how many industries, professions and job sites use headsets in their day-to-day business. We are incredibly proud that 3M is leading the way in developing advanced technologies that will create a better future for users and society as a whole."
To produce the Powerfoyle™ solar cell technology used in the headset, 3M teamed up with Exeger, a deep-tech company from Sweden. Exeger’s unique technology enables battery-free charging and is produced with 100% clean energy in Stockholm. To further reduce their environmental impact, each headset is constructed in part using recycled plastic and electronics. The headset also supports Over-the-Air (OTA) firmware updates, which will extend the product’s overall lifetime and reduce the number of new headsets and materials needed in the long-term.
3M uses science and technology to develop new products that both meet customer needs and help solve some of the world's biggest challenges. With over 70 years of experience in the development of communications equipment, the launch of the 3M™ PELTOR™ WS™ ALERT™ XPV headset is just one of the ways 3M is shaping a more sustainable future.
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In another sustainability initiative, 3M has partnered with Voltiris, a Swiss tech company that retrofits greenhouses with solar cells which split the incoming light into two light waves, in order to reduce energy costs and increase crop yields.
While at CES, 3M will demonstrate how the company is helping to shape a better future today, particularly in the areas of climate technology, consumer electronics, e-mobility, security, robotics and automation. Learn more at www.3m.com