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Bosch Solar Energy and the Arnstadt public high school sign cooperation within the context of the Wissensfabrik
The Bosch Solar Energy business division and the public high school “Staatliches Gymnasium” in Arnstadt, Thuringia have signed a cooperative agreement to promote an early career orientation of students. For Bosch this is the 100th educational partnership within the context of the Wissensfabrik. The goal of this association – founded by German firms like BASF, Thyssen-Krupp und Trumpf – is to trigger enthusiasm for technology and business among boys and girls as early as kindergarden on through high school. As emphasized by Dr. Wolfgang Malchow, board member for human resources at Bosch, "In Germany I consider it a duty for companies in particular to promote interest in technical occupations through active interaction with children and youth. This is the only way we can win over qualified junior staff for tomorrow and beyond."
The cooperation initiated in Thuringia offers students an opportunity to become familiar with Bosch Solar Energy. They receive information about promising, sustainable careers in the photovoltaic industry. The agreement is intended to help students make timely decisions about their future professions and to make the transition from school into the working world easier. Furthermore, students can take part in various projects and activities adressing questions pertaining to renewable energy sources and thus become sensitized to actively participate in a more environmentally aware society. The cooperation also actively involves the teachers of mathematics and the natural sciences in order to jointly determine the special requirements a technically oriented company places on curriculum and students.
"This partnership creates a good foundation for an ongoing dialog between school and company that will actively structure teaching in support of potential future generations" states Dr. Martin Wöhr, Head of Human Resources for Bosch Solar Energy AG. Christine Löber, the high school's principal adds, "This cooperation with Bosch Solar Energy AG is an outstanding opportunity to identify individual talents and interests of students in order to help them make qualified decisions about their professional careers.”
Robert Bosch GmbH is a co-founder of the Wissensfabrik [knowledge factory] educational initiative founded in 2005. Its goal is to make Germany's economy viable for the future and to prepare the next generation for the challenges of a knowledge-based society. Till the end of 2011 Bosch plans to set up 25 new educational partnerships.
Bosch was the only non-Chinese recipient of the Chinese state's CEFE environmental award in 2010
The All-China Environment Federation presented Bosch with the top Chinese environmental award, conferring upon it the title “China Environmental Friendly Enterprise” in recognition of the exemplary environmental focus of 11 subsidiaries in China. The Federation, which works closely with the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection SEPA, presented the award to a total of 16 companies. Bosch is the only one not headquartered in China. “We are honored to receive this title. It is a great credit for Bosch and is also a firm recognition of our years’ efforts in the field of energy saving and environmental protection,” said Dr. Chen Yudong, executive vice president of Bosch (China) Investment Ltd., at the award ceremony.
Environmentally friendly and energy-saving technologies such as clean diesel systems, electric drives, gearboxes for wind turbines, heat pumps, and energy-saving household appliances are also part of the company's long-term corporate strategy in China in the three business sectors Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, and Consumer Goods and Building Technology. A total of 80 HSE (health, safety, and environmental protection) associates nationwide ensure compliance with Chinese legislation and global Bosch HSE standards. All major Chinese locations operate an environmental management system complying with the global ISO 14001 standard and virtually all locations are certified to this standard. In 2009, the Chinese locations succeeded in lowering CO2 emissions by a good 25 percent compared to 2007 levels.
The history of Bosch in China dates back 100 years. As is the case in other countries, the company's long-term strategy here is guided by its corporate values, including future and result focus, cultural diversity, and responsibility. This also involves ensuring a balance between business, environmental, and social concerns. “With this appraisal, Bosch will further intensify the work on energy saving, emission reduction and circular economy within the companies in China, improve internal environment-related management and develop employees’ awareness and initiatives so as to drive the company to step toward higher objectives of energy conservation and environmental protection,” said Dr. Chen.
Bosch Thermotechnology is involved in a showcase project dedicated to the energy-focused renovation of school buildings
The division is supporting the Uhlandschule project in cooperation with the local authorities in Stuttgart (Germany) and other partners from the industrial and scientific communities. The Uhlandschule is one of the few schools to be remodeled as an Energy Plus building as part of the energy-efficient school research project “EnEff:Schule” sponsored by the German Ministry for Science and Technology (BMWi).
On completion, the energy-efficient Uhlandschule should serve as an example for others and encourage further energy-focused school renovation projects. This project’s ambitious goal is to renovate the school so that it not only generates all the energy it needs on-site but also feeds any additional energy into the grid. The building's shell and the installations used will be the two key focal points of this energy-efficient project. Innovative insulating materials and ventilation concepts should help reduce the building's energy consumption, while any remaining energy requirements will be met using renewable solar and geothermal energy.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) is providing scientific support for the pilot project. Bosch is one of the industry partners involved in the project and worked with the Fraunhofer Institute to develop the overall energy concept for the renovation. “The “Energy Plus” standard is the right way to achieve climate protection targets. It can be implemented using technology that is already available and can be applied to both new buildings and many existing ones. That is why Bosch Thermotechnology sees the Energy Plus house as the building standard of the future,” says Uwe Glock, president of the Bosch Thermotechnology division.
Following the successful status analysis and design phase, the planning work for putting the building and energy concept into practice is currently under way. The comprehensive renovation and construction activities, which have to be agreed with the school authorities, are scheduled to take place in 2012/2013. A detailed measurement program will then be put in place to verify the effectiveness of the measures and to enable the results to be applied to future school renovation projects.
Until recently, alarm sensors or remote controls that collect the energy they need from the environment around them were nothing more than a pet subject of researchers. "Energy harvesting" is the term used to describe the process of employing light, vibrations, slight pressure or heat convection to turn such mini consumers into mini power plants. This technology can be used in almost any application involving electronics and sensors – from traffic technology and the monitoring of pipelines to consumer electronics and the recording of environmental data. For Claus Schmidt and Markus Thill, energy harvesting is one of the most fascinating areas of innovation there is. Both men are employed by Robert Bosch Venture GmbH to keep track of recent company startups in the field of green technologies.
This is how they came across GreenPeak, a company quick to recognize the considerable advantages of energy harvesting – for example, in radio sensor systems. Because GreenPeak has managed to reduce the energy requirements of its electronic components to a minimum, it is possible to replace cable connections with radio control. The electronics are so frugal that they are able to power themselves from very small amounts of energy harvested from the mini power plants. This cuts costs and will allow operation without batteries in the future. This was enough to win over Claus Schmidt and Markus Thill. Bosch has been investing in GreenPeak ever since. After all, Bosch knows that it doesn't just pay to invest in research into your own green ideas.
Almost all automakers and suppliers agree that a battery with lithium-ion technology will be the energy storage medium of the future for hybrid and electric vehicles. And not just for vehicles. While electric cars still have some way to go, electric bikes are already available for the 2011 season.
These, too, are powered by a lithium-ion battery. If you remember to place the battery back in your e-bike after charging it for two and a half hours, then you need never again worry about steep climbs on your bike. With just a couple of turns of the pedal, the small electric powertrain kicks in. It would be even more practical if the battery could also be used by the Bosch cordless drill/driver afterwards. And the electric-powered bike tour – alongside trips with electric cars in future – would be even greener if the electricity used to charge the battery came from renewable sources. The Bosch Solar Energy division came up with the same idea and presented its new thin-film solar modules as a charging station for the e-bike electric powertrain.