Dave Essi

Dave  Essi

Dave Essi - LABRA Technology, LLC

Founder & Chief Technologist


Dave has 30 years’ experience developing DC Power Controls, with most of that time at Emerson Network Power and the prior companies. Considerable effort was put toward battery monitoring solutions and implementing “fuel gauges.” One gauge he developed relied on the Peukert law while a second attempted to commercialize a sophisticated algorithm from a battery manufacturer. The latter was costly and required that each battery type be characterized. Both developments were abandoned because of complexity and unreliability. A third development, unlike the previous man-made models, was based on a natural phenomenon - essentially physics. It is this voltage-slope algorithm which is the cornerstone of LABRA Technology. The business was founded in 2017 to provide a simple, non-invasive and sustainable way for tracking lead-acid battery capacity in storage applications. With a BS in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, he began his career in DC Power with Lorain Products in 1984. He helped develop the first microprocessor touchscreen controller, and later the first digital power plant. He has two patents related to battery monitoring; a third is pending.


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