Koura Launches New Koflyte® Electrolyte Additives Brand
Koura steps up its presence in battery technology with launch of new Koflyte® electrolyte additives brand
Boston, USA, December 2021 – Koura has set out plans to play a leadership role in the rapidly expanding lithium-ion battery industry with the launch of a new brand for its next generation electrolyte solutions.
Koflyte® electrolyte additives and co-solvents developed by Koura facilitate improved performance and safety in Li-ion batteries. The global demand for batteries is soaring as the world switches to electric vehicles, renewable energy and new forms of energy storage.
Miodrag Oljaca, Head of Growth and Technology at Koura, said:
“Koura’s commitment to innovation is driving us to develop next generation battery technologies to enable vehicle electrification and wider adoption of renewable energy. We are actively partnering with leaders in the battery space to tailor and commercialize fluorinated additives and co-solvents as we continue to develop Koflyte’s product range.
“Koura’s unique ownership of raw material assets and expertise in fluorine technology put it in the ideal position to offer customers a stable and secure electrolyte supply chain for fluorine additives and co-solvents. The investment in Koflyte electrolyte additives and solvents signals the commitment Koura has to the development of new products and the establishment of a supply chain to meet the high demand for battery materials in the rapidly growing Americas, European and other markets.”
The launch of Koflyte® fluorinated additives and co-solvents is the latest move by Koura as it executes on a comprehensive energy materials strategy. In November 2021, Koura announced the acquisition of Silatronix, a leading battery technology start-up with unique expertise in fluorosilane additives for lithium-ion batteries. This followed the announcement in October that Koura and its parent company Orbia had led a $70 million investment round in Battery Resourcers, a closed-loop lithium-ion battery recycler and manufacturer.
Koura will harness the expertise of these new partnerships to further develop its next generation electrolyte solutions through the Koflyte® business line, with a focus on advancing the capabilities of batteries in a wide range of applications.
Fluorine additives and co-solvents enable increased energy per mass of battery whilst ensuring safety. The unique properties of fluorine-containing materials make them well suited for use in high energy battery environments to provide stability in demanding operating conditions.
A range of Koflyte® products are currently in development and will be ready for commercialization soon. These include polyfunctional ether compounds for high energy Li-ion batteries and cyclic polyether compounds that when used as a co-solvent may facilitate safe, stable, energy efficient cycling of Li-metal anodes with various cathode chemistries.
Koura is a fully integrated fluorine technology company with a global footprint that spans mining to the production of hydrogen fluoride, aluminium fluoride, refrigerants, medical gases, agrochemical intermediates, and battery materials.