U-M BattLab Opening August 2015 with Voltaiq Energy Storage Analytics Software

BROOKLYN, NY, May 12, 2015 — Leading energy storage analytics software developer Voltaiq, Inc. (www.voltaiq.io) is pleased to announce that it has licensed Voltaiq Core and Voltaiq Analytics to the University of Michigan’s Energy Institute as part of its groundbreaking new $8 million battery lab (http://energy.umich.edu/projects/battery-lab), enabling industry and university researchers to quickly manage and analyze data at the facility or remotely.

The University of Michigan Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility, or BattLab, is an open laboratory that enables users to create and characterize cells and battery materials. The BattLab is formatted to provide maximum flexibility for users while maintaining the highest level of intellectual property protection available in this type of environment.

“The suite of analytical tools that Voltaiq has developed is a real value-add for us,” said BattLab senior laboratory manager Dr. Greg Less. “There is no more time wasted parsing spreadsheets for specific data points or developing macros to plot HPPC data; Voltaiq has done all of that for us in an easy to use, GUI program.”

The facility, which will open in August of 2015, was funded in part by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Ford Motor Company. MEDC provided $5 million, with an additional $2.1 million from Ford, as well as about $900,000 from the U-M College of Engineering. BattLab is the newest addition to the U-M Energy Institute’s newly renovated Phoenix Memorial Laboratory – a project completed with $18 million in U-M funding.

“The University of Michigan chose Voltaiq as our battery data management software because it allows our users to monitor their own cells while maintaining strict intellectual property safeguards,” Dr. Less said. “Voltaiq allows our customers to complete their own data workup remotely, and only on their own cells, so that everyone’s data remains their own – an important feature, as we are working with customers from around the globe who are often marketplace competitors.”

Battery performance is the key bottleneck slowing the adoption of electric vehicles, renewable energy, and longer lasting, more powerful mobile electronics. Partnerships like BattLab bridge the gap between innovation and industry, with the potential to dramatically expand the reach of renewable energy, a dream Voltaiq’s technology was specifically designed to realize.

“Voltaiq is excited to support The University of Michigan’s Battlab” said Dr. Tal Sholklapper, president and CEO of Voltaiq. “Collaborative facilities like Battlab that empower researchers to scale their innovations are just what is needed to spur the development of cheaper, longer lasting energy devices.”

About Voltaiq, Inc.
Voltaiq Inc. was founded to make batteries better. For companies developing and operating batteries and battery-powered products, Voltaiq’s SaaS informatics platform provides key insights into battery performance by tracking device behavior throughout the product lifecycle. Voltaiq automates routine data management tasks, providing real-time, interactive access to battery data, which helps accelerate development, increase productivity, optimize device operation, and reduce warranty risks.

For more information visit www.voltaiq.io, or contact us at info@voltaiq.io or 646-586-3062.

About The University of Michigan Energy Institute's U-M BattLab

Dedicated in Fall 2013 and currently nearing completion, the Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility is a space developed in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Ford Motor Company. This lab will enable industry and university researchers to collaborate on developing cheaper and longer lasting energy-storage devices in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. The new facility — for prototyping, testing and analyzing batteries and the materials that go into them — promises to be a key enabler for Southeast Michigan's battery supply chain. It will bring together materials scientists and engineers, as well as suppliers and manufacturers, to ease a bottleneck in battery development near the nation's automotive capital. The new lab will be available for any firm to use. It will also allow students to use state-of-the-art equipment while working closely with experts. The Energy Institute envisions the new facility as a safe zone for non-competitive collaboration.

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