Wasatch Ionics is a contract research and development and consulting business located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The company’s mission is to combine science and business to create a pathway towards commercialization of innovative game-changing solutions. The company led by founder Javier Alvaré, specializes in novel battery chemistries, energy storage solutions, and new materials.
Javier started Wasatch Ionics by researching and identifying a gap in battery development. Wasatch Ionics has won multiple Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards with the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.
A recent Army STTR win for Wasatch Ionics came in partnership with Brigham Young University (BYU). Javier partnered with Dr. Dean Wheeler, the department chair of the Chemical Engineering department. The team has been able to plug students into the project and they have all been able to learn and work together. With this partnership, Wasatch Ionics and BYU have been developing a 3D-printed battery that is the size of a human hair. This battery technology solves a gap in soldiers being loaded down with batteries and electronics, reserve battery problems, and problems with range.
The future of Wasatch Ionics is great. Javier is working on commercializing his technologies from these awards, “we have started relationships with battery manufacturing companies. We are really appreciative of the SBIR program, but we have very good ideas to commercialize our technologies.”
Learn more about Wasatch Ionics here.
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