KSTI Welcomes Sodium-Ion Battery Startup

The Koffman Southern Tier Incubator building with a rainbow over it.

KSTI Welcomes Sodium-Ion Battery Startup

Natrion is a battery startup that focuses on renewable energy storage with the goal of making solar power more accessible and cost-effective for homes, farms, and the military. Now, the startup has moved its location to downtown Binghamton, New York where it will be operating out of the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator (KSTI) and receiving resources critical to developing its business.

Here, Natrion will have access to lab and office space, mentorship, and programs like the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority-funded Clean Energy Incubator. KSTI’s member companies have featured battery startups such as C4V, Ashlawn Energy, and Imperium3—New York’s first lithium-ion battery gigafactory operator. The Board of KSTI’s Clean Energy Incubator Program is led by Chairman M. Stanley Whittingham, a professor of chemistry at Binghamton University and one of the three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the invention of the lithium-ion battery.

The company’s primary research will now be conducted at KSTI and the founders—Alex Kosyakov and Tom Rouffiac—will be working closely with a Binghamton University assistant professor and their inorganic and materials chemistry research team. “The battery ecosystem here in Binghamton is truly amazing, and we cannot be more excited about this opportunity to work with KSTI and Professor Liu. We’ve got everything and everyone that we need to take our company to new heights,” said Kosyakov, CEO of Natrion.

The newfound partnership will allow Natrion to pursue its anticipated launch in 2023, following the company’s start in 2018 and move from Illinois to Binghamton. Natrion’s founders are eager to continue to grow their company while they prepare for the launch of their System6 solid-state sodium-ion energy storage system. For more information, visit www.natrion.co.

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