Johnson to leverage years of energy storage commercialization and manufacturing experience for grid-storage technology company
July 18, 2023 Holland, MI – Jolt Energy Storage Technologies, an organic grid energy storage company, has hired Jack Johnson as head of business development. Johnson is one of the co-founders of Jolt and is increasing his role to accelerate fundraising and commercialization for the company’s unique organic energy storage chemistry and manufacturing processes.
Johnson joins Jolt after seven years as a leader and co-founder with Volta Power Systems, a mobile li-ion energy systems company. He led the startup and rapid scaling of the business to serve customers in the RV and fleet industries. Stepping back from day-to-day support at Volta, Johnson will now be leveraging his experience with Jolt.
“Jack’s expertise and leadership will play a key role in propelling our growth,” said Dr. Thomas Guarr, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Jolt. “Jolt is going to change the way that we store and transport energy across the grid, especially to enable more renewable sources. Jack’s the right person to help us make key connections among investors, suppliers and new customers.”
Johnson and Dr. Guarr are longtime friends and business partners. Guarr is a highly accomplished electrochemist who has driven research and breakthroughs for Jolt’s energy storage compounds since inception nine years ago. Prior to his time at Jolt, Guarr was the VP of Chemical Research with Gentex, working on projects like the company’s famous electrochromic mirrors and windows.
“Dr. Guarr and I have been working on this for years outside of my role at Volta, and I am delighted to be able to dedicate my time to Jolt,” said Johnson. “Together, we are committed to revolutionizing the grid storage landscape with a sustainable energy solution that will shape the future of the industry.”
Johnson started in his expanded role at Jolt on July 12st and will spend the next several months rolling out the company’s plans for fundraising and commercialization. The company has already successfully raised about $3 million from a combination of private and institutional investors, technology awards, and several competitive grants. These included $700,000 through the Chain Reactions Innovations program at Argonne National Laboratory and $250,000 from GCxN, a program through the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in partnership with Shell Global, among others.
About Jolt Energy Storage Technologies:
Founded in 2014, Jolt Energy Storage Technologies develops all-organic energy storage materials for a low cost, long-term, safe and less complex energy storage solution than lithium ion. Jolt’s materials are designed for flow battery applications and can utilize existing flow battery infrastructure. Jolt is committed to delivering innovative methods of energy storage and transportation, transforming the industry, and contributing to a sustainable future.