eMatrix Energy Systems, Inc.
Building the world of tomorrow, one eBrick at a time
eMatrix is enabling battery-powered projects, instead of limiting them. We have the know-how, the facilities and the people. We are going to be a major player in a multi-billion dollar market.
Whether you convert a home to use solar power or convert a bicycle, bike, car, bus or boat to be electric-driven you need a battery pack that has multiple cells. Whether you do this as a hobby or your company is creating a prototype your pack is going to be different than other packs. Whether you make a one-time project or planning to go to production, you want a simple-to-use battery pack that fits your requirements. There are a few ways you can get this pack today:
- Gain some battery engineering skills, figure out the exact cells you need and buy those from a reseller at a high price. Then solder or weld these cells together, a very pain-staking operation which requires very skilled hands or expensive machinery. Then you need to package these cells in some envelope that will protect them. If you want to be able to cool the cells, you need some coolant path. If you need to monitor every series element (like you do in a Lithium-based pack), you need to allow electrical access to each element. And this is just the module! You still have to design and build an entire pack.
- You can settle for some off-the-shelf battery module and build your project around it. These modules are not very common and most companies that make them also make the cells used in them. They usually offer a few “standard” sizes and they won’t sell to anyone. If you’re lucky, you’ll find the right cell in the right packaging. Cooling options will usually be limited or non-existent.
- You can contract a battery company to design a custom battery for you. Again, most of these companies also make their own cell, so they will force you to use these cells that might not fit your needs. They will charge you hundreds of thousands of dollars to re-tool for your custom module, or millions if a new design is needed. There are some companies that only do packaging, these will charge you even more and take longer time. And this is only for a module, you still need to design and build a pack!
All of the above is costly, time-consuming and very limiting.
Welcome to the 21st century! Similar to the 3D printer, the eBrickTM was originally designed to allow fast prototyping. And like the 3D printer, there is a growing need for fast battery prototyping. We use concepts from outside the battery industry, such as Lego bricks, to create an easy to customize and simple to use solution that will enable an electrified future.
We can use any 18650 cell in the world, so we can tailor-make the module to your requirements. Then we can package this cell in multiple configurations to reach your module needs. Our base unit has 28 cells in parallel, called a layer. The parallel connections give you the current that you need. We have 4 layers connected in series in a module. The series connections give you the voltage you need. This is the starting point. We can easily add or remove layers, or reduce the number of cells in parallel. If you want more cells in parallel we can just connect two modules in parallel for you.
Thanks to our adaptable design, we can reach this level of customization with minimal effort so we can offer you customized modules for a very attractive price.
Here are a few applicable examples:
- You want to convert your house to be solar powered. You got a solar array to cover your roof and now you need a battery to store all this energy. The battery needs to receive and provide a certain power for charging and running your appliances. It needs energy so it can provide power long enough and life so you can enjoy it for a long time. You also need to reach a certain voltage that is dictated by your solar system and your electric grid. Finally it has to fit in the new shack you built for it.
- Your company is engineering a new electric car but has no battery engineering experience. It’s also too early to give any production volume guarantees so you can’t use future sales to excuse an expensive battery module design. You search for an off-the-shelf module but soon understand that none of these are what you need. Some have the right performance but you can’t fit them in the space you allow for the battery, they are too wide or too tall. Most likely they allow only liquid cooling or no cooling. Many times they will come with their own electronics, but you may want to use your own electronics, or at least not pay the premium of using that specific system.
You provide eMatrix this information and our engineers pick the cell that best fits your needs. We can then use this cell in our adaptable module to give you a product that meets all your requirements. You can even provide cooling and you have easy access for voltage monitoring. The modules even interlock to each other so putting a pack together is almost as easy as working with Lego building blocks.
With the eMatrix adaptable modules systems you can customize the modules sizes to perfectly fit in your packaging envelope. Then you can pick the cell to use, or leave that to eMatrix, we provide this as a complimentary service. Now you can easily put together a pack that fits all your needs. If you want to use our electronics and battery management controls, we will be happy to provide these. If you prefer to use your own electronics and software, or someone else’s, you have the freedom to do so.
As expected in the 21st century, we give our customers the freedom to choose and customize our product to their needs so they are no longer slaves to their batteries.
Idan Kovent – President and Founder
Idan draws upon 10 years of power sources product development in the aerospace and automotive industries. His experience includes 4 years in UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) development and 6 years in automotive powertrains development, both with emphasis on system integration. Idan led complex development projects in aerospace, automotive and academy including development of power sources, powertrains and entire UAVs. He has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Alternative Energy Technologies from Wayne State University. Idan is currently the President & Chief Executive Officer of ALTe Technologies, Inc.
Matt Griffith – Software Engineer and Founder
Matt has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University. He started working on electric vehicles as a powertrain firmware intern at Tesla Motors. Since then he has accrued 6 years of experience in electric vehicle powertrain engineering. Matt’s areas of expertise include designing automotive control and battery management software, architecting electric powertrain systems, and simulating vehicle performance and fuel economy. Matt is currently the engineering manager at ALTe Technologies, Inc.
Marc Spezia – System Engineer
Marc is a system engineer with more than five years of experience in hybrid and electric vehicle technology. His expertise includes high voltage battery design, 3D CAD design and packaging, powertrain sizing, wire harness design and fabrication, and low-volume prototyping. A native of metro Detroit, Marc graduated with honors from Oakland University with bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering there.
Keith Washington – Packaging Engineer
Keith brings to the company a unique skill set developed through more than 35 years’ experience in CAD design, training & systems support. With experience in tooling, automotive & aerospace industries from companies like General Motors, Jeep & Chrysler, Boeing he brings the type of task oriented results that benefits all involved in the design process. Keith studied engineering at General Motors Institute.
Joaquin Kiley – Designer
Joaquin takes influence from 30 years’ experience in the design world encompassing landscape architecture, automotive/industrial design and photography. He started his design foundation through a ten year landscape architectural apprenticeship with the Office of Dan Kiley of Charlotte, VT, where he worked on public and private spaces of international acclaim. Through his 11 year design consultancy work in Detroit, MI Joaquin has engaged in projects ranging from designing the Future Taxi of New York City to interior design for office buildings. Over the past eight years he has served as the Chief Designer at ALTe Technologies in Auburn Hills, MI, producing marketing materials through graphic design, photography and illustration. Kiley shares his design experience through teaching children and adult’s automotive design at CCS in Detroit, MI. He holds a BFA in Transportation Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.
Jeff DeFrank – Technology Consultant
Jeff utilizes his 26 years of engineering expertise covering the nuclear and mechanical disciplines. His experience includes 11 years of EV/Hybrid expertise along with complete vehicle development with heavy emphasis on predictive simulation methods. He worked at Ford, MSX, MDI and Tesla Motors where he was the Sr. Manager of Vehicle Engineering responsible for 3 vehicles throughout his tenure there. He possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York.