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14 Minutes in Conversation with Christoph Birkl, CEO of Brill Power

Join OIC Associate Freddie Hamilton for Episode 4 of the OIC Conversations Series.

Brill Power was spun out from the University of Oxford’s Engineering Department in 2017 by three PhD students to commercialise a novel Battery Management System (BMS). Battery cells degrade at different rates and existing BMS technology controls the current and temperature at the battery pack level, limiting a battery’s capacity and lifespan to that of the weakest cell in the pack. Rather than controlling the battery at pack level, Brill Power’s BMS connects to each battery cell or module, managing the charge and discharge process on an individual cell level and boosting the lifespan of the battery pack by up to 60%.

Questions include:

  • 00:17 – Tell us a little about yourself and how you founded Brill Power
  • 01:13 – What was the problem you identified and what is the problem Brill Power is now trying to solve?
  • 02:28 – How large is the opportunity for Brill Power, both in the UK and globally?
  • 04:03 – What is Brill Power’s product portfolio and how are you going to sell these?
  • 05:31 – What are the key challenges the business will face in the next 12 months?
  • 07:34 – What are the effects of COVID-19 on the business and what strategy have you put in place to mitigate these effects?
  • 09:48 – What are the advantages of being a spinout from the University of Oxford?
  • 11:39 – What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of leading a small company?
  • 12:50 – What is the long term vision for Brill Power?

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