Swiss Companies to Develop Rechargeable Zinc-air
Editor: Remember 'C' Cells? How about 'D' Cells? We almost never see
them anymore, because scientists are figuring out how to get more power
out of ever smaller batteries. The next step for hearing aid batteries is
likely to be the rechargeable zinc air battery, which has double the
energy to weight ratio of the current Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries.
Here's the press release from thr folks at ReVolt
ReVolt Technology, Stafa, Switzerland, and Phonak AG, Zurich,
Switzerland, have signed a collaboration agreement to design and develop a
new generation of rechargeable zinc-air batteries for hearing aids. The
scope of the agreement will include development and supply of prototype
batteries based on ReVolt's rechargeable zinc-air battery technology.
The use of rechargeable batteries will help users by not having to
replace the batteries every week, and contribute to the environmental
cause, according to the companies. Initially ReVolt will develop one type
of battery at their R&D center in Staefa. Phonak and ReVolt agreed to
collaborate on design and development of batteries for next generation of
innovative hearing aids.
"We are excited to have ReVolt as a development partner for our power
sources and in our endeavor to innovate the hearing instrument industry
with products that deliver superior end-user performance whilst increasing
acceptance and usability of our advanced technology, " says Valentin
Chapero, CEO of Phonak AG. "We are also very pleased to contribute with
this rechargeable battery technology to more environmental friendly
"We look forward to working with Phonak to introduce our Rechargeable
Zinc-air batteries into the hearing aid devices," says Ram Malhotra,
ReVolt's CEO. "This partnership will allow Phonak to continue serving as
an incubator for new technologies in the hearing aids industry."