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Goodbye power inverters, hello software-defined power! Introducing a smarter way to install, manage and use stored energy.

Remote, Software, Hardware


  • Maintenance
  • Monitoring
  • Shutdown


  • Charge Control
  • Discharge Control
  • Fault Isolation


  • Cell-level Control
  • Cell-level Safety

Software-Defined Power: By eliminating the need for power inverters, Cognicell lowers installation and maintenance costs, reduces weight/footprint, and improves system efficiency in energy storage installations. Designed for OEMs and system integrators, Cognicell is a drop-in replacement for traditional battery management systems. Simply put — it’s a smarter way to install, maintain and manage stored energy.

Cognicell Markets


  • -50%

    Installation, Component & Maintenance Costs

  • +40%

    System-Level Efficiency

  • 100%


  • +30%


Cognicell™ makes traditional power management components obsolete by eliminating the need for transformers, large, lossy switches and more.

Cognicell adapts with the ever-changing grid and energy storage markets through software re-programming. This means Cognicell can be used with any battery chemistry, capacity, and quantity and enables secondary-use of cells.

Cognicell is web-connected, so battery maintenance can be done remotely. Remote maintenance can be as simple as data-monitoring, or be as involved as isolating and mitigating a single-cell failure.

About DFT

strategy + progress + leadership

Design Flux Technologies, LLC is a spin-out company from the University of Akron, and was co-founded by two Electrical Engineering students in 2011. Frustrated with the complexity and discontinuity in energy storage systems, these two students surrounded themselves with a team of experienced business advisors, engineering professors, and other colleagues to formulate a new paradigm in power management. The result of these efforts was the conceptualization of Cognicell: the first software-defined solution to the complex power management ecosystem.

  • The Beginning
  • Established R&D facilities in Akron, Ohio
  • Completed working prototype/proof of concept
  • Achieved national recognition through ARPA-E, DOE, and the Clean Energy Trust
  • Performed preliminary Voice of Customer (VOC)
  • Licensed IP from the University of Akron & Filed new IP internationally
  • Now
  • EV and microgrid demo and prototypes at 30kW
  • Pre-seed funding raised & R&D team expanded
  • Established major OEM partnerships
  • CleanTech Open Accelerator Acceptance, Forbes 30 Under 30 (Energy), and Pioneers Festival/Popular Science Recognition
  • Future
  • Series A funding to support pilot projects
  • Deliver products to OEMs with industrial-scale production and go-to-market capabilities
  • Collaborate with OEMs and others in the industry to deliver packed solutions