Kaitek is not just an innovative company but, given the age of its founding members, it is also a success story of young entrepreneurs. Where did this project begin?
It all came from a passion, a passion for electronics.
My father had a company where he made high-frequency battery chargers. It was founded in 1985, the year I was born.
I began to learn the ropes in electronics at his company. I joined the company when I was 15, working there during the summer. I started out in the repair department, which taught me the basics, and then, summer by summer, I made my way to the research and development department. However, in 2006, my father decided to sell the company and my dream of continuing my work at the family company vanished into thin air. I followed other career paths, but continued to nurture my skills in the world of electronics.
I first came across lithium batteries in 2009, when I bumped into a friend who was making electric vehicles. They did not look great and even their performance was not the best: they were poor quality, the cells were inconsistent and they did not work properly. This gave me an idea: given the specifications of lithium batteries, if I could solve the technical problems, I could launch a major innovation for all industrial applications.
I then did some research. I took a few cells to examine them, open them and see how they were made. I also studied the electronics that controlled these lithium batteries, and that’s what led me to the solution: I had to design a different system to control and manage lithium batteries.
I brought in my garage experimenting friend, Alan Pastorelli (who in the meantime had graduated with a degree in electronic engineering and was working in the automotive industry), and we wasted no time. We began working on the design of our lithium battery management system every evening and every weekend.
The management system we designed kept the cells balanced even in larger battery packs, making them reliable and efficient.
That was in 2012 and since that point we officially started designing the lithium Flash Battery.