Johnson Controls collaborates with Europe's largest application-oriented
research organization to develop components to advance battery technology
Project to focus on next-generation cooling systems for Lithium-ion battery
packs that will help save consumers money at the pump
OBERHAUSEN, Germany, March 20, 2014
OBERHAUSEN, Germany, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls and
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft have signed a collaboration agreement to develop the
next generation of more energy efficient, cost effective cooling systems for
vehicle batteries. The collaboration pairs the world's leading automotive
battery supplier with Europe's largest organization for applied research.
Scientists and engineers at Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial
company with core businesses in the automotive, building and energy storage
industries, will work with both Fraunhofer's Institute for Environmental,
Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) and with its Institute for
Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM).
The collaboration will focus on technologies and thermal management strategies
for Lithium-ion battery packs. Currently, systems with fans, compressors or
pumps use energy to pull heat out of a battery.
"Optimizing the energy storage solution within the broader vehicle environment
will enable Johnson Controls to design, develop and commercialize systems
which not only meet our customers' requirements, but also lead to improvements
in function, package and cost," said MaryAnn Wright, vice president of
Engineering and Product Development for Johnson Controls Power Solutions.
The scope of the work will initially focus on 48-Volt Micro Hybrid battery
technology, which is designed to deliver strong fuel and emissions efficiency,
and load management at a lower price than hybrid and electric vehicle
Johnson Controls has demonstrated its advanced Micro Hybrid battery technology
has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 15 percent, thus helping
automakers meet increasing regulations, while consumers save money when they
fill their gas tank.
The technology is expected to be adopted in Europe first and then quickly move
to the U.S., with global adoption starting in 2020.
"Our commitment to developing new battery technologies is exemplified in our
strong global academic network and national lab partnerships," said Wright.
"Innovative collaborations, like the one we have with the Fraunhofer
Gesellschaft, are an investment in both the future of academic research in
energy management, as well the development of the talent pipeline for our
Along with the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Johnson Controls Power Solutions works
with partners such as Argonne National Lab, the University of Wisconsin
System, Lawrence Technological University, Ohio State University, the
Milwaukee School of Engineering, Hannover University, Aachen University, the
University of Cambridge and the University of Science and Technology- Beijing.
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About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader
serving customers in more than 150 countries. The company's 170,000 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. Johnson Controls' commitment to sustainability dates back to its
roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat.
Through its growth strategies and by increasing market share, Johnson Controls
is committed to delivering value to shareholders and making its customers
successful. In 2013,Corporate Responsibility Magazinerecognized Johnson
Controls as the #14 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list.
For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.
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. Its 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 its innovations the company is building the
advanced battery industry for hybrid and electric vehicles. Johnson Controls
was the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries for
mass-production hybrid vehicles. The company's commitment to sustainability
is evidenced by our world-class technology, manufacturing and recycling
About Fraunhofer Society
With a workforce of roughly 23,000, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe's
biggest organization for applied research, and currently operates a total of
67 Fraunhofer Institutes and research institutions. The organization's core
task is to carry out research of practical utility in close cooperation with
its customers from industry and the public sector. In this way the
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft shapes the innovation process and drives forward the
development of key technologies. The organization's research focuses on the
needs of people in the areas of health care, security, communication,
mobility, energy and the environment. International locations and
representative offices act as a bridge to the regions of greatest importance
to scientific progress and economic development.
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