South 8 Named as a Finalist in the World Renowned 2024 Edison Awards™

SAN DIEGO – South 8 Technologies, Inc. (“South 8”), has been named a finalist in the 2024 Edison Awards. The company is being honored in the Commercial Technology category for their Arctic™ LiGas electrolyte.

The Edison Awards™, named after the American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, recognizes some of the most innovative products, business leaders and companies in the world including Steve Jobs, Gwynne Shotwell, Ginni Rometty, Lanzatech, Apple and Lockheed Martin. This prestigious accolade honors excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human centered design and innovation.

South 8’s patented LiGas solves the “fire and ice”™ problem inherent in standard liquid electrolytes used in almost all lithium-ion batteries today. Notable is the greatly reduced risk of fire propagation and industry-leading performance at low ambient temperatures. LiGas’ higher conductivity and lower viscosity over conventional liquid electrolyte enables fast charging and higher energy density cells while fitting into existing cell designs and manufacturing processes.

“Cold weather poses unique challenges for electric vehicles, primarily impacting their battery efficiency and overall range,” said Ryo Tamaki, VP of Products at South 8. “EV batteries operate best within a certain temperature range, and cold temperatures can reduce their ability to store and deliver energy efficiently – as many drivers in Chicago experienced in January 2024. Our LiGas directly addresses these conventional liquid electrolyte shortcomings.”

All nominations are reviewed by the Edison Awards’ Steering Committee and an executive judging body. The panel is comprised of more than 2,000 senior business executives and academics from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education, as well as past winners. 

Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be announced at the Edison Awards Gala on Thursday, April 18, 2024 in Fort Myers, Florida, USA.

About The Edison Awards
Established in 1987, the Edison Awards are dedicated to recognizing, honoring and fostering innovations and innovators. Named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), the annual competition honors excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation. Past award recipients include Jony Ive, Martha Stewart, Carmichael Roberts and companies leading in innovation including; Nest, now part of Google, AMD, Intel, Naqi, 3M and Cargill. In 2021, the Edison Awards introduced the inaugural Lewis Latimer Fellowship program designed to celebrate, connect and bring together a community of innovative Black thought leaders. For more information, visit

About South 8 Technologies
South 8 solves lithium-ion’s “fire and ice”™ problems with LiGas®, a patented liquefied gas electrolyte. LiGas reduces lithium-ion fire risk and operates from -60 to 60°C, enabling clean battery power to more applications, environments, and people. The San Diego-based company has been granted 25 patents across seven countries and jurisdictions. South 8 investors include Anzu Partners, LG Technology Ventures, Shell Ventures, Foothill Ventures, Taiyo Nippon Sanso and Lockheed Martin Ventures.

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