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
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
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.”