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Slater Invests Second Round in Power Distribution Company

Published on July 15, 2013

The Slater Technology Fund has re-invested in VoltServer, a Charlestown, R.I.-based power distribution company, committing $500,000 as part of a $2-million Series A round. Slater made an initial investment of $250,000 in the company in 2012.

VoltServer has pioneered a technology, called Packet Energy Transfer (PET), that revolutionizes the way electrical power is controlled and distributed. PET digitizes electrical power into millions of discrete packets that contain both energy and data, making it possible to transmit high-voltage power more safely and less expensively than traditional technologies. PET is safer than other electric transmission methods because it is able to distinguish in real time between the regular current being drawn by the load equipment and a person accidentally touching the power conductors, and to automatically discontinue the power before it becomes lethal.

While the technology has applications across multiple industries, VoltServer's initial target is the telecommunications industry. "What we discovered is that Packet Energy Transfer is a key enabler for customers in the wireless industry who are deploying the small cells that constitute the next-generation 4G networks," said Steve Eaves, the founder and CEO of VoltServer. The company intends to use the latest funding to complete testing in independent laboratories, and to complete initial field testing with customers.

"VoltServer's novel intellectual property and explosive market opportunity make the company a hugely compelling candidate for Slater and other investors," said Thorne Sparkman, managing director of the Slater Technology Fund. "We believe that VoltServer's digital approach to power has the potential to change the game of how electricity is distributed in a variety of industries, and I look forward to continuing to work with Steve and his team to make it happen."

Learn more about Slater Technology Fund here.

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