New Car Battery Technology Lab

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Johnson Controls, Lawrence Technology form partnership

Johnson Controls and Lawrence Technological University (LTU) have partnered to create a lab to test and develop advanced car battery systems. This lab will help Johnson Controls remain the world’s leading automotive battery manufacturer.

The Johnson Controls Vehicle Engineering Systems Lab on LTU’s Southfield, Michigan campus includes a dynamometer that can test vehicles in a variety of controlled driving environments. It accelerates understanding of how best to manage battery energy and power transfer in vehicles. 

“The work we are doing with LTU is important because we can develop, optimize and validate battery systems to meet our customers’ future needs,” said MaryAnn Wright, vice president of engineering and product development for Johnson Controls Power Solutions. “Johnson Controls is constantly investing in its applied research and development capabilities to stay ahead of the evolving needs of the auto industry and to remain a global leader in the battery business.”
“Johnson Controls is constantly investing in its applied research and development capabilities to stay ahead of the evolving needs of the auto industry and to remain a global leader in the battery business," said MaryAnn Wright, vice president of engineering and product development for Johnson Controls Power Solutions.
The partnership with LTU, which began in 2014, also focuses on developing the next generation of engineers by involving them in research projects and teaming them with Johnson Controls technical experts. 

LTU has faculty expertise and research facilities in energy storage systems, electrification applications, modeling and simulation, and vehicle testing. The Johnson Controls Vehicle Systems Engineering Lab will add additional hands-on experience to those resources. 

“These partnerships provide a strong talent pipeline for scientists and engineers interested in careers that will shape the way we drive our vehicles and use natural resources,” Wright said.

“The partnership with Johnson Controls is part of a broader effort by Lawrence Tech to respond proactively with innovative academic research programs to the needs of our corporate partners and students,” said Virinder Moudgil, president of Lawrence Technological University. “We are helping these corporate partners develop market-based solutions while providing students with real-world experiences and skills.”
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