Partnership between Johnson Controls and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
earns 2013 Gold Edison Award for innovation
MILWAUKEE, May 3, 2013
MILWAUKEE, May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls, a global diversified
company in the building and automotive industries, is a 2013 Gold Award Winner
by the internationally renowned Edison Awards for its recent groundbreaking
collaboration with the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM). This
distinguished award symbolizes the persistence and excellence personified by
Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring creative minds to remain in the forefront of
innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.
"This is an honor for Johnson Controls and the work we are doing in the area
of energy storage," said MaryAnn Wright, vice president, Technology &
Innovation for Johnson Controls Power Solutions. "The work we are doing in
this lab demonstrates our commitment to being the industry leader. Our
partnership with UWM will help transform the campus and the City of
Milwaukee," said Wright.
Johnson Controls was presented with the gold award in the Living, Working and
Learning Environments Category for its Energy Advancement and Research Lab and
Showcase on the UWM campus.
"The Gold Edison Award is a terrific validation of the Johnson Controls-UWM
partnership," said Chancellor Michael R. Lovell, University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee. "We already knew the partnership was making a positive
difference for our faculty, staff and students, and now we have significant
external recognition as well."
The Edison Awards have recognized and honored some of the most innovative
products and business leaders in America and is among the most prestigious
accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development,
marketing, design and innovation.
The Energy Advancement Research Lab creates an environment for Johnson
Controls scientists to work with UWM students and faculty in dedicated space
to conduct research, enhance the university's advanced energy curriculum and
accelerate Johnson Controls' exploration and development of innovative, next
generation energy storage technologies. The advanced manufacturing dry lab is
the only one of its kind on a university campus in North America. It enables
"fast fail" experimentation to accelerate the development and
commercialization of advanced energy storage technologies. "Fast fail"
experimentation allows us to move quickly and deliberately to deliver against
anticipated project outcomes and the ability to stop if the outcomes are not
met within a certain timeframe.
Johnson Controls is a global leader in the development of new energy
technologies such as advanced batteries for Start-Stop, hybrid and electric
vehicles. It is the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion
batteries for mass-production hybrid vehicles.
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader
serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 employees create
quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational
efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced
batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for
automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885,
with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth
strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value
to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate
Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its
annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please
About Johnson Controls Power Solutions
Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the global leader in lead-acid automotive
batteries and advanced batteries for Start-Stop, hybrid and electric
vehicles. Our 50 manufacturing, recycling and distribution centers supply
more than one-third of the world's lead-acid batteries to major automakers and
aftermarket retailers. Through our innovations we are building the advanced
battery industry for hybrid and electric vehicles. We were the first company
in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries for mass-production hybrid
vehicles. Our commitment to sustainability is evidenced by our world-class
technology, manufacturing and recycling capabilities.
CONTACT: Karen Sommer
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