Johnson Controls and UWM honored for collaboration

Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc. and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have received a Gold Award in the Edison Awards for their recent energy collaboration.

The international awards recognize those who have the spirit of innovation, creativity and ingenuity displayed by Thomas Alva Edison.

Johnson Controls recently helped fund the Energy Advancement and Research Lab and Showcase at UWM.

“This is an honor for Johnson Controls and the work we are doing in the area of energy storage,” said MaryAnn Wright, vice president of technology and innovation for Johnson Controls Power Solutions. “The work we are doing in this lab demonstrates our commitment to being the industry leader. Our partnership with UWM will help transform the campus and the City of Milwaukee.”

The Energy Advancement Research Lab is a space where UWM students and Johnson Controls scientists work together to conduct research in advance energy storage. The EARLS, which facilitates “fast fail” experimentation, is the only advanced manufacturing dry lab on a college campus in the country.

“The Gold Edison Award is a terrific validation of the Johnson Controls-UWM partnership,” said UWM Chancellor Michael Lovell. “We already knew the partnership was making a positive difference for our faculty, staff and students, and now we have significant external recognition as well.”

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