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News | Efficient heating

Bosch heating trends in 2017

The Bosch heating solutions of the future are digital, combined, and efficient. In 2017, the following three trends are in focus: smart technologies, hybrid heating systems, and low-emission pellet ovens.

Digital is better

Digital heating systems continue to make progress. Adaptive systems can automatically adjust room temperature according to time of day and weather developments. What is more, users can comfortably control their heating systems remotely via a PC, tablet, or smart phone. The application informs them of current energy consumption and gives tips to help save costs – and thus also heat in a more eco-friendly way. And should an error occur, repairmen can quickly intervene: the smart devices can inform technicians directly of a malfunction, thus enabling them to bring along exactly the parts needed for the repair.

 

 

Clever combined solutions

The principle of hybrid heating involves the best possible combination of different sources of heat. A mix of several different technologies is feasible: from gas or oil condensation boilers to heating pumps and solar thermal energy or photovoltaic arrays. The idea is that using renewable sources of energy reduces heating costs and makes homeowners more independent of individual sources of energy. What is more, combining efficient components with one another can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent.

Heating with wood

Modern pellet heating systems enable climate-friendly heat generation. They burn pellets made of sawdust and shavings in an almost carbon-neutral manner and are very efficient. In order to take full advantage of the system’s potential, extra buffer storage is recommended. This ensures that the boiler runs at the best possible heating operating point.

More information on current heating trends can be found here (only in German available).

Find out how current heating systems can help save energy with the Bosch renovation calculator (only in German available).

News | Bosch reaches settlement agreement for diesel vehicles in the U.S.

Settlement of the claims of consumers and dealers in used VW vehicles

Bosch has entered into a settlement agreement with civil claimants in the United States. The agreement would settle the claims of consumers and dealers of used vehicles against Robert Bosch GmbH, its affiliates, employees, and directors concerning Volkswagen and Audi diesel vehicles with 2.0L engines for model years 2009 through 2015 and Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesel vehicles with 3.0L engines for model years 2009 through 2016. For this purpose, Bosch will pay a total amount of USD 327.5 million (approx. EUR 304 million). By entering into the settlement, Bosch neither acknowledges the facts as alleged by the plaintiffs nor does Bosch accept any liability.

 

 

“Upon careful consideration of all relevant aspects, we have in this case decided to enter into a settlement agreement. Bosch is currently undergoing the biggest transformation process in its company history. We wish to devote our attention and our resources to the transition in mobility and in other areas of activity”, said Dr. Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Management Board of Robert Bosch GmbH.

The settlement agreement was concluded with the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (“PSC”) on behalf of proposed settlement classes. Jurisdiction resides with the competent U.S. Court, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. In a hearing scheduled for 14 February 2017, the Court will consider to grant preliminary approval of the settlement agreement. It is proposed that the Court considers final approval of the settlement agreement in early May.

The settlement agreement concerns only civil law claims. As it has done since allegations have first been made public, Bosch will continue to defend its interests in all other civil and criminal law proceedings and to cooperate comprehensively with the investigating authorities in Germany and in other countries.

More information on the topic can be found here.

News | Supporting the specialists of tomorrow

Wissensfabrik celebrates its tenth anniversary
 
 
Ten years ago, the Wissensfabrik (knowledge factory) initiative was launched with the aim of sparking talented young people’s interest in technology, business, and the natural sciences. At the time, nine companies, including Bosch, entered into a partnership to promote early childhood education. Today, the network comprises 127 companies and corporate foundations. With partners from academia, they provide the tools and funding necessary to initiate educational projects for children, young adults, and young entrepreneurs.
 
The Wissensfabrik aims to provide long-term support. “Education is not the filling of barrels, but the spark of flames”, said Dr. Heiner Boeker of Bosch, quoting the Greek philosopher Heraclitus. From July 1, 2015, Boeker will succeed Johanna Coleman as chairperson of the organization when Coleman returns to BASF. Until now, 180 start-ups and 700,000 school students have benefited from the Wissenfabrik’s support.
 
The organization recently began cooperating with the “Jugend Forscht” foundation, and awards a special prize each year that aims to support young researchers start their own companies. In 2015, the prize went to Rieke-Marie Hackbarth, a 14-year-old high school student who invented a self-disinfecting stethoscope.
 
 
The awards ceremony took place at the anniversary celebration on June 8 at the BASF conference center in Ludwigshafen. Johanna Colemen and Dr. Boeker sealed a time capsule at the event that contained the network’s plans and wishes for the next ten years. Around 200 invited guests were asked to formulate a vision for the future at a “World Café”. Franz Fehrenbach, the chairman of Bosch’s supervisory board and member of the steering committee, was among them. The time capsule will be opened at the Wissensfabrik’s 20th anniversary.
 
 
The video on the anniversary celebration can be found here (German)
 
More information on the Wissensfabrik can be found here (German)