Johnson Controls, UW-Madison to test battery energy storage technology

A new laboratory at the Wisconsin Energy Institute on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will strengthen Johnson Controls‘ capabilities as the company researches and develops next-generation technology.

The donation includes energy storage battery testing technology, which will allow students, faculty and engineers to study and optimize energy storage systems. The research will enable manufacturers to build systems that use battery power more efficiently.

The lab, called the Johnson Controls Advanced Systems Test Lab, will support research focused on vehicular and stationary energy.

The project will team industry scientists with UW professors, graduate students and undergraduate students. It will build on UW-Madison’s foundation of leadership in energy, power and controls research.

The UW-Madison partnership complements Johnson Controls’ existing partnership with UW-Milwaukee. At UW-Milwaukee, Johnson Controls scientists are working with university research staff and students to develop new energy storage materials. The partnership enables students there to expand their knowledge in a test lab on campus.

Once cells are clustered into energy storage solutions in the form of battery modules or systems, those systems can be tested at the new UW-Madison lab. The tests conducted at UW-Madison could come as part of the engineering development phase or final product testing phase. The lab will be equipped to test batteries both inside and outside of a vehicle.

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