Innolith is a battery technology company which is pioneering an entirely new and safe battery technology platform.
Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, with research and development labs in Bruchsal, Germany, Innolith’s innovation has led to a new class of inorganic battery electrolytes. The technology has already been field-proven in the provision of fast frequency response services in the US power grid.
In 2019, Innolith demonstrated new breakthroughs which expand the capabilities of the technology to also support high energy batteries. This offers a new path to meeting the requirements of aerospace, automotive and other applications where higher energy density is needed.
This Second Generation version of Innolith’s electrolyte pushes the technical limit for li-ion batteries to over 5V while at the same time demonstrating unprecedented stability and operating temperature range. First products using this technology will combine Innolith’s Second Generation electrolyte with standard cathode materials, with the new electrolyte allowing higher capacities to be used. Going forward, both voltage and electrochemical stability are enablers for new advanced cathodes which are typically unstable in conventional organic electrolyte systems.
- Management Team
Dr. Laurent Zinck
Chief Executive Officer
Konstantin Solodovnikov is the Chief Executive Officer of Innolith. He brings over two decades of experience in international sales, marketing and business development having held senior roles across a number of companies.
Prior to joining Innolith, Konstantin was the Commercial Director at Agribusiness in Moscow. His experience before this includes serving as Deputy MD Sales and Deputy MD Business Development at Alrosa. Konstantin spent 18 years at Uralkali Trading, first as the Deputy Sales and Marketing Director and then as the Director of Sales and Marketing.
Konstantin has an MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business, following a BA in Business Administration from the University of Brighton.
Chief Finance Officer
Florian Wolf is the Chief Financial Officer of Innolith. Having spent fourteen years in Investment Banking in London, Florian brings deep sector expertise in the electric vehicle ecosystem and a wealth of experience in corporate finance to Innolith.
Prior to joining Innolith, Florian was an Executive Director within J.P. Morgan’s Diversified Industries Investment Banking team. His sector focus was on origination and execution of complex corporate finance transactions (including IPO, SPAC, Private Capital, Debt and M&A) for Automotive clients with a particular focus on the electric vehicles’ ecosystem as Head of Electric Vehicles EMEA. Prior to this role, Florian held the position of Vice President within Barclays’ Industrial Investment Banking team. He started his career at Dresdner Kleinwort in London and New York. Over the course of his professional career, Florian has advised clients on more than €50bn of transformative corporate finance transactions.
Florian holds a Diplom Kaufmann degree in Business Administration from University of Mannheim, Germany.
Dr. Laurent Zinck
Managing Director Germany, Chief Scientist
Laurent Zinck has over 18 years’ of experience in research and development of lithium batteries and is the specialist for inorganic liquid electrolyte systems for rechargeable lithium batteries. His work has been dedicated to new concepts of inorganic nonflammable lithium battery chemistries.
Laurent is Chief Scientist for the international team responsible for Innolith’s breakthrough battery technology and Managing Director of Innolith’s R&D laboratory and pilot production in Germany. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Innolith AG.
After earning his engineering degree from the University of Strasbourg, Laurent completed a doctorate in electrochemistry at the University of Witten-Herdecke for his work with lithium-ion batteries. This doctorate focused on rechargeable devices that utilize inorganic components which would much safer and longer lasting than previously available. This research led directly to the first non-flammable lithium accumulator based on inorganic electrolyte, a technology that has now reached production readiness.
Laurent has continued his fundamental research into electrochemistry and, together with his team, works continuously to improve Innolith’s technology further. He has invented numerous patented technologies.
First lithium-ion chemistry using inorganic electrolyte and showing stable cycling behavior (2007)
Introduction of 3D-electrode design to allow cost-efficient large-scale production (2013)
Managing Director Germany, Chief Engineer
Markus Borck has over 18 years’ of experience in battery engineering, battery formation and testing, cell design and application related evaluation for rechargeable lithium batteries.
A co-inventor of many of the technological breakthroughs in Innolith’s products, Markus serves as Chief Engineer and Managing Director of Innolith’s R&D laboratory and pilot production in Germany. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Innolith AG.
Markus’ experience includes cell design, module design including electrical and thermal management. He was defining the first large format cell based on the Innolith Technology and has successfully transferred latest R&D results into new cell generations with improved performance. With an electrical engineering degree from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Markus has wide-ranging experience in battery applications, primarily lithium-ion and lithium-ion polymer systems. His previous roles included management of battery test department, development of new battery concepts and sample production for large format cells.
First large format cell design (2009)
First certified product based on Innolith electrochemistry (2013)
First demonstrator for grid tie applications (2014)
First 1 MWh-System for frequency regulation based on the latest cell and module design went into operation (2017)
Chief Representative for China
Carrie joined Innolith in 2019 as the company’s Chief Representative for China, where she leads Innolith’s sales and marketing in the country. Prior to joining the company, Carrie worked as the National Executive for General Electric’s Grid Solutions.
Carrie brings over two decades of experience in senior sales and marketing roles within China. In addition to working with General Electric, she served as the Chief Executive Officer at Landis+Gyr, overseeing a leading energy management and smart grid company.
Carrie areas of expertise include new market development and policy advocacy. She obtained a B. Eng. In electrical engineering at the Tsing Hua University in Beijing, China, and later went on to study Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba in Canada.
Chief Marketing Officer
Julian has over 25 years’ experience in leading marketing and public relations campaigns across the technology and energy industries. His work has included international campaigns for major brand companies including IBM, Toshiba, Microsoft, Samsung and LG. He has also been deeply involved in marketing early stage companies that have grown to become market leaders including Citrix Systems, VMware and Red Hat.
In 1994, Julian founded AxiCom Public Relations agency and grew it into a pan-European technology-focussed firm. The agency was acquired in 2008 by WPP and Julian remained as CEO and then Chairman of the firm until 2016.
Julian is a published author and wrote the reference work “International Public Relations” that detailed media contexts across the G20 countries. He has served on the board of eSkills, the UK Government’s technology skills agency and worked extensively with local start-ups in an advisory capacity. Julian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Durham University, UK.
Stefan Häseli is the Product Director at Innolith. He brings 23 years of experience working on and leading projects in the energy industry in Switzerland, Canada and China.
Prior to joining Innolith, Häseli defined and introduced the Product Manager function at the Swiss subsidiary of General Electric. During his time at GE, Häseli led the supply chain during the start-up phase of a new production site in China and led a cross-factory project aiming at business process standardisation.
Häseli has an MBA from FHBB in Switzerland, following a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering from FHBW.
Director Supply Chain
Stephane heads up supply chain management and logistics for Innolith. He oversees technical and commercial negotiations and the management of supplier contracts. Stephane was previously SVP Operations and SVP Supply Chain at battery manufacturer Alevo during a four year period.
Prior to his career in the battery industry, Stephane worked with Preziontechnik AG, a component supplier in the automotive and construction industries, where he rose from Continuous Improvement Manager to CEO. Other career experience also includes Altran Technologies AG and Volvo Powertrain North America.
Stephane holds an Executive MBA from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland, a Masters Degree in Technology and Innovation Management from EM, Lyon, Franc and an engineering degree from ECAM, Lyon, France.
Laurence joined Innolith in 2017 as Financial Director to lead business unit finance teams and manage the internal and external financial reporting. Prior to this, Laurence was Group Chief Accountant at Alevo, a Swiss energy technology company.
Laurence has 30 years of diversified experience in audit, financial controlling, accounting standards, project management, reporting & consolidation, financial process analysis, financial analysis, costing systems and performance measurement. During her 15 years with Ernst & Young and 5 years with Mazars in Switzerland she served national and international clients across various industries, including Utilities and Public Sector.
Laurence is an expert in accounting standards and has conducted several conversion projects to IFRS and IPSAS. She has also provided expertise and assistance in interpretation and practical implementation of international accounting standards to companies.
Laurence is a Swiss certified expert for accounting and controlling and a licensed audit expert in Switzerland.
Director of Sales
Nicole Roth is Innolith’s Director of Sales and joined the company following a series of senior commercial roles in the automotive sector. She is responsible for Innolith’s engagement with customers and partners in the automotive and energy sectors.
Nicole has worked extensively throughout the automotive sector with roles that have included senior account management with A123 Systems, business development with Continental Automotive and product marketing for Renault Deutschland.
Following study at Cooperative State University DHBW Stuttgart, Germany, Nicole received a Diplom-Betriebswirt in Business Administration. She then went on to receive an MBA from ESB Reutlingen.
- Press Releases
- Innolith in the News
Innolith Gears Up for Automotive Market with CFO and Senior Sales Hires
Innolith today announces that it has made two senior appointments as it opens the doors to customer engagements and prepares for expansion; Florian Wolf…
Innolith Appoints Automotive & Mobility Expert Stefan Knupfer as Chairman
Innolith AG today announces that Stefan M. Knupfer, a McKinsey Senior Partner, has been appointed to the Board of Innolith…
Innolith AG Announces Changes to the Board of Directors
Chief Scientist Laurent Zinck and Chief Engineer Markus Borck join the Board; Chairman Alan Greenshields and Non-Executive Director John Wells…
Innolith to Decommission First Generation GridBank.
Innolith gears up for Second Generation Battery Technology with Proven Innovations from GridBank Trials. Following the completion of technology trials,…
Innolith Accelerates Commercialisation with Latest Key Appointment
Innolith, a leading Swiss battery technology company, has appointed Stefan Häseli as the company’s Product Director. Häseli, an experienced product…
Innolith Bolsters Board Investment Expertise with New Appointment
Innolith, a leading Swiss battery technology company, has appointed Anastasia Galochkina as an Observer on the company board. Galochkina, an…
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