Beta Research is now part of Inlyte Energy

To accelerate the world’s transition to renewable energy, we need economical grid storage.

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Iron + Sodium

Inlyte: Reliable grid batteries made from naturally abundant and inexpensive raw materials.

Inlyte Iron And Salt

What We Do

At Inlyte, we are driven by a deep-seated hope based on human potential. Our team is transforming the proven sodium metal halide battery technology into a solution to meet the climate crisis today. Made of iron and sodium, our grid batteries are built from naturally abundant and inexpensive raw materials. Proven benefits include:

Inlyte Energy Iron And Salt Technology

Evolving on proven tech, innovating the future

Our team bridges established and innovative technology, comprised of the experts behind sodium metal halide batteries and a new generation of scientists who are innovators in iron chemistry. Beta Research, our subsidiary in the UK, brings its expertise to Inlyte. Working on a predecessor of our battery for 40+ years, Beta’s team joins Inlyte to transform a trusted, proven technology into the grid battery of the future.

How we got here:

Inlyte Timeline
1978

First patent for sodium metal halide (Zebra) batteries

1982

Beta Research & Development Ltd. founded to develop sodium metal halide batteries

Beta R&D

1987

Beta Research switches from iron chemistry to nickel chemistry for vehicle use

1995

Daimler Benz test cars powered by sodium metal halide batteries exceed 100,000 km of driving

BETA Mercedes production

2000

Factory for current-gen sodium metal halide batteries in Stabio, Switzerland commences operation

2006

Rolls Royce chooses sodium metal halide batteries to power NATO rescue submarine

NATO research submarine

2012

Factory for current-gen sodium metal halide batteries in Schenectady, NY commences operation

2022

Inlyte Energy acquires Beta Research Ltd. to jointly create next-gen sodium metal halide batteries

2021

Inlyte Energy, Inc. founded

2023

Inlyte Energy closes Seed funding round

Inlyte Timeline
1978

First patent for sodium metal halide (Zebra) batteries

1982

Beta Research & Development Ltd. founded to develop sodium metal halide batteries

Beta R&D

1987

Beta Research switches from iron chemistry to nickel chemistry for vehicle use

1995

Daimler Benz test cars powered by sodium metal halide batteries exceed 100,000 km of driving

BETA Mercedes production

2000

Factory for current-gen sodium metal halide batteries in Stabio, Switzerland commences operation

2006

Rolls Royce chooses sodium metal halide batteries to power NATO rescue submarine

NATO research submarine

2012

Factory for current-gen sodium metal halide batteries in Schenectady, NY commences operation

2022

Inlyte Energy acquires Beta Research Ltd. to jointly create next-gen sodium metal halide batteries

2021

Inlyte Energy, Inc. founded

2023

Inlyte Energy closes Seed funding round

Inlyte timeline
1978

First patent for sodium metal halide (Zebra) batteries

1982

Beta Research & Development Ltd. founded to develop sodium metal halide batteries

Beta R&D

1987

Beta Research switches from iron chemistry to nickel chemistry for vehicle use

1995

Daimler Benz test cars powered by sodium metal halide batteries exceed 100,000 km of driving

BETA Mercedes production

2000

Factory for current-gen sodium metal halide batteries in Stabio, Switzerland commences operation

2006

Rolls Royce chooses sodium metal halide batteries to power NATO rescue submarine

NATO research submarine

2012

Factory for current-gen sodium metal halide batteries in Schenectady, NY commences operation

2021

Inlyte Energy, Inc. founded

2022

Inlyte Energy acquires Beta Research Ltd. to jointly create next-gen sodium metal halide batteries

2023

Inlyte Energy closes Seed funding round

Our Team

Inlyte Energy was founded by Dr. Antonio Baclig, Activate Fellow, whose research at Stanford University has sparked an evolution in the time-tested sodium metal halide battery. We have assembled the world experts in sodium metal halide technology with an operational pilot manufacturing line. We combine an innovative mindset with a rapid go-to-market timeline to help shape the world’s energy future. 

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Antonio Baclig

Antonio Baclig

Founder & CEO

Antonio’s research as a PhD and post-doc in the Stanford Materials Science & Engineering department led him to understand the engineering and techno-economics of the sodium metal halide battery. Antonio founded Inlyte Energy in 2021 with the support of the Activate Fellowship in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Antonio has a B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard and grew up in Oahu, Hawaii.

Will Gent

Will Gent

Cofounder & VP of Engineering

Will got his PhD in Chemistry from Stanford, where he applied state-of-the-art synchrotron X-ray techniques to unveil novel degradation modes and design rules for advanced lithium ion battery cathodes. Since graduating, he has spent his career building and leading technical teams to tackle some of the toughest challenges in battery technology, from developing machine learning algorithms to accelerate battery optimization at the Stanford StorageX Initiative, to discovering novel electrolytes for silicon-based anodes at Sila, and now to developing ultra-low cost energy storage for the grid at Inlyte.

Amy Hansen

Amy Hansen

Head of Business Operations

Amy went into tech with an English degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and a law degree from the University of San Francisco. She started her career as a lawyer representing startups and VCs in Silicon Valley. After acting as in-house counsel to enterprise software companies like AppDynamics and Cisco, she transitioned into operations and Chief of Staff roles at venture-backed tech startups.

Roger Bull

General Manager, UK

Roger received his Graduate of the Royal Society of Chemistry (GRSC) while working in the electrochemistry department at the British Rail Technical Centre, where he developed state-of-the-art sodium sulfur cells and batteries. In 1982 he joined Beta Research and Development Ltd as a founder, developing sodium iron chloride and sodium nickel chloride cells and batteries. He obtained an MBA in 1999 and became  managing director and site leader for the company in 2001, guiding it to become a world leader in sodium metal chloride technology, a position he held until 2016. Roger then founded Beta Research Ltd as a contract research company, which became part of Inlyte Energy in November of 2022.

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Ben Kaun

Chief Commercial Officer

Ben has more than 15 years of experience in the development of battery energy storage and thought leadership. Most recently, he led the US commercialization of a novel flow battery technology. Prior to that, Ben managed the utility energy storage research program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he guided technology integration, assessed energy storage economics, informed policy makers, and served two terms on the board of the Energy Storage Association (now ACP). He earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering from University of Illinois (U-C) and an M.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford.

Careers

Join us to be part of building a reliable grid battery that will give the world access to inexpensive renewable energy storage. We are scientists. We are green-energy enthusiasts. We value humility, compassion, and a learning culture. We believe that finding joy at work is not only compatible with hard work, but a foundation for it.

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