Johnson Controls to present next-generation energy storage solutions in Geneva

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 5, 2012

Lithium-ion battery systems are made more cost-efficient and versatile with the next-generation low profile prismatic lithium-ion cells and submodules from Johnson Controls Power Solutions. This new technology intended for hybrid and electric powertrains will be seen at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Johnson Controls will be showing off its prowess in making batteries, ranging from Start-Stop batteries to the prismatic lithium-ion cells used on hybrid and electric cars. Stefan Suckow, the managing director at Johnson Controls, said that at the Pavillon Vert in Geneva, the company will prove its commitment to sustainability.

He added its next generation energy storage solutions will result to higher fuel efficiency in cars, a perfect fit in this special “green” area in Geneva. Suckow said that the company wants to produce more affordable lithium-ion batteries with the target of a mass-market launch.

These submodules are considered as the electric heart of hybrid and electric cars and are thought to be a key technology so that further advancement would be possible. The upcoming generation of submodules comes with prismatic cells as compared to the existing cylindrical cells. They won’t need as much installation space and they would be easier to incorporate into the cars.

The submodules come with all the required parts like storage cells, an electric collector system, monitoring electronics, a cooling system and mechanical mounting options. These modular systems can be adapted to different cars, cutting development times and making batteries cheaper to build.

Presently, Johnson Controls intends to start production of the submodules in 2014. It’s possible that the company will launch these automatic production capabilities at its Hanover facility as part of its application pending under the national showcase project. As a result, battery costs would be cut further.

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