Excerpt from Crain’s Grand Rapids Business | By Mark Sanchez

The founders of Holland-based Jolt Energy Storage Technologies LLC have an ambitious goal to change the way the world uses advanced battery technology.  

The company wants to achieve that grand vision in an emerging and growing industry by bringing to the market a new technology for storing energy using organic compounds, rather than metals such as nickel, cobalt, manganese, iron, copper that must be mined, processed and refined at great cost. 

“A good way to make a dirt-cheap battery is to make it out of dirt,” said Jolt Energy Chief Technology Officer Thomas Guarr as he and co-founder Jack Johnson led a tour of the company’s research lab on Holland’s north side.