Johnson Controls to collaborate with European company on cooling system

Special to The Freeman

March 20, 2014

Christian Rosenkranz, vice president of Johnson Controls Power Solutions Advanced Materials and Products Engineering, left, and Dr.-Ing. Christian Dötsch, head of Energy, Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT, sign a cooperation agreement between Johnson Controls and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.
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MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls announced Thursday it has partnered with German company Fraunhofer Gesellschaft to develop the next generation of cost-effective and energy-efficient cooling systems for vehicle batteries.

The collaboration pairs the world's leading automotive battery supplier with Europe's largest organization for applied research, according to the announcement.

“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, in a statement.

Scientists and engineers at Johnson Controls will work with both Fraunhofer's Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology and with its Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials. According to the company announcement, the collaboration will focus on technologies and thermal management strategies for Lithium-ion battery packs.

“Our commitment to developing new battery technologies is exemplified in our strong global academic network and national lab partnerships,” Wright said in the statement. “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 industry.”