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Welcome to Fully Automated Technologies

We're team of engineers building (not only) Open Hardware and Software products.
If you have an interesting idea or want a customised product based on one of our designs you can contact us for consulting.

Our Projects

Means of Energy Storage

Rendering of the BMS logic board. It is a red circuit board with about hundred components.

Means of Energy Storage is an advanced battery management/monitoring system. It is inteded for multicell (up to 12 per unit) medium-power battery packs. Its strength lies in its Open Hardware nature; you're welcome to learn about its inner workings and change it to fit your needs.

The BMS is designed for a maximum of 12-in-series Lithium cells with varying chemistries (50.4 V nominal max voltage) and 100 A continous discharge. It supports Lithium-Titanate, LiFePo4 and common LiPo cells. It can be adapted to support other chemistries too as the Voltages can be freely customised. We created this because we haven't found anything to our liking for a variety of projects we either built in the past or which are in the planning stages.

Rendering of a circuit board: the BMS power path with big MOSFETs.

With the Fully Automated BMS you can be sure that your battery pack is performing optimally at all times. The high-current protection circuit is located on a separate board with increased copper thickness and 100-V rated n-channel MOSFETs. The BMS chip at the heart of the circuit is the Analog Devices LTC6811, which performs individual cell voltage measurements multiple times per second. The data is analyzed on an Adafruit ItsyBitsy microcontroller board, powered by the Microchip ATSAMD21G18 32-bit Cortex M0+ running at 48 MHz. This, of cource is fully programmable. Communication to other subsystems is done over the noise-resilient RS-485 bus.

  • Project status
    Prototype verified, working on production version.
  • Target date
    e/o Aug 2019

Means of Energy Conversion (A²)

Rendering of the BMS logic board. It is a red circuit board with about hundred components.

Means of Energy Conversion is a bidirectional DC/DC converter supporting a voltage range of 6-85V on the HV side and 3-60V on the LV side.

The A² can be adapted to support specific voltage ranges to lower the cost and suit more specific needs (e.g. limited to 60V on both sides for 48V systems with enough headroom). It goes hand in hand with our BMS to create a truly bidirectional energy storage and distribution system.

The A² allows you to react within milliseconds to changes in energy production (i.e. MPPT) or consumption and can be synced with other A² units to build an adaptable grid system that suits your needs (e.g. load balancing between battery chemistries). Our product is built around the Texas Instruments LM5170-Q1, a Multiphase Bidirectional Current Controller. The A² is also fully programmable and can communicate over the noise-resilient RS-485 bus with other systems.

  • Project status
    First prototype in development.
  • Target date
    e/o Oct 2019

Means of Colorful Lighting

rendering of the MCL's electronic circuit board

The Fully Automated MCL is a Wifi-enabled RGBW+Smart LED strip controller. It has a unique design: it can drive the cheaper, simple RGB(W) 12-volt LED strips, or the WS2812-based (and clones thereof) 5-V smart LED strips. If you drive a smart LED strip, you can supply the board with a wide range of input voltage: between 5 and 17 V. The necessary 5-volt supply for the LEDs is generated on-board with up to 3.5 A continous output. Because of this, you can use thinner wires and 12-volt power bricks with lower current output; the on-board converter is highly efficient.

  • Project status
    Version 1.0 complete, working on 2.0.
  • Target date
    e/o June 2019

Fully AUTO-MATEd

For the 35C3 we're building a motorized mate-crate.

Our Vision

Our vision is accessible, well documented, community-focused hardware and software technologies. We aim to create building blocks for makers.

Until now, many components like advanced battery management systems, or easy-to-use universal bidirectional DC/DC converters were outside the realm of many - either due to affordability, or lack of documentation. Our current focus is on systems delivering power in many ways. In the future we plan to create tools to research new technologies like a USB-C multi-tool, or a state-of-the-art three-phase motor controller.

We are also open to help with your projects in our area of expertise, in a mutually beneficial way.

Contact Us

If you have questions, or you know how to save the world, we're happy to receive emails from you! Reach us at hi AT fullyautomated dot ee or find us on mastodon!