The news: BattGenie — a startup on the short list for best names because, let’s face it, batteries are kind of magical — was chosen for an accelerator that provides $250,000 in non-dilutive funding.
The gist: BattGenie is a University of Washington spinoff that has developed software to goose the performance of lithium batteries that power electrical vehicles, consumer devices and other electronics. The software helps optimize fast recharging while extending the life of batteries.
The backers: The accelerator is a partnership between energy giant Shell Global and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and goes by the much less fabulous name Shell GameChanger Accelerator Powered by NREL (GCxN). In addition to the cash, the accelerator provides access to research and development resources at NREL, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facility based in Colorado.
The history: The company got its start with a grant in 2013, and incorporated in 2017. The technology came out of the lab of Chief Technology Officer Venkat Subramanian, a mechanical engineering professor now located at the University of Texas.
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CTO, Chief Scientific Advisor, and Co-Founder
Prof. Venkat Subramanian is currently the Ernest Dashiell Cockrell II Professor of Mechanical & Material Science Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin.
His research interests include energy systems engineering, electrochemical engineering, computationally efficient algorithms for state-of-charge (SOC) and state-of-health (SOH) estimation of lithium-ion batteries, multiscale simulation, and design of energetic materials, kinetic Monte Carlo methods, model-based battery management system for electric transportation, and renewable microgrids and nonlinear model predictive control. Prof. Subramanian was awarded the Dean’s award for excellence in graduate study in 2001 for his doctoral research.
He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and a past Technical Editor of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. He was also the chair of the IEEE Division of the Electrochemical Society. His codes for Lithium-ion batteries are the fastest reported in the literature and his algorithm for solving index 1 nonlinear DAEs is the most robust compared to any other algorithm reported as of today.
Prof. Subramanian received his B.Tech. degree in Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering from the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, India, in 1997 and the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA, in 2001.
CEO and Co-Founder
Dr. Manan Pathak is the CEO and Co-Founder of BattGenie.
He earned his PhD from the University of Washington and he obtained his graduate thesis on model-based battery management systems. He has over 7 publications, and an extensive experience of physics-based battery models, numerical methods and deriving optimal model-based charging profiles.
CPO and Co-Founder
Dr. Chintan Pathak is the Co-Founder and CPO of BattGenie.
He earned his PhD from the University of Washington and he obtained his graduate thesis on optimal locations of battery charging stations for the state of WA. He has over 13 years of experience on software engineering and embedded systems.
Dr. Suryanarayana Kolluri
Battery Controls Expert and Research Associate, UT Austin
Dr. Suryanarayana Kolluri is the Battery Controls Expert at BattGenie and currently working as a Research Associate at UT Austin.
He obtained his PhD from IIT Bombay and worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Maple Lab in UW Seattle. He is an expert in parameter identification and control algorithms using physics-based battery models.