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Bosch honors projects that increase energy efficiency and occupational safety.
Held on January 23, 2018, the first Bosch EHS Awards ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of 51 submissions in two categories and honored six winners. Established in 2017, the prize aims to draw attention to energy efficiency and occupational safety initiatives at Bosch locations around the world. Christoph Kübel, Member of the Board of Management and Director of Industrial Relations, presented the six winning projects with an award at the corporate headquarter in Gerlingen. This year, projects in Germany, China, and Brazil were honored.
Christoph Kübel, Member of the Board of Management and Director of Industrial Relations of Robert Bosch GmbH
Energy management 4.0
First prize in the environmental protection category went to the Bosch Homburg location, where manufacturing activities are especially energy efficient thanks to some 10,000 data points that measure values, which are then pooled in an online platform. This makes it possible to manage the energy consumption of each piece of equipment in a targeted manner. Moreover, the local team also makes use of technical innovations such as needs-based regulation of ventilation and smart switch-off management. As a result of these and other measures, the location has saved some 23,400 tons of CO2 since 2007, 4,600 thereof in 2017 alone.
Cooperating for a safe plant
With a project that aimed to raise awareness on occupational safety for every associate and in every process, the Bosch Changsha location took first place in the occupational safety category. The “Building a safe plant” project was completed in 2017. Its primary aim was to establish a continuous improvement process and actively involve associates. The comprehensive measures included targeted training sessions and internal audits at regular intervals. The site could reach its zero accident target in 2017.
The winners of the first Bosch EHS Award
On the podium
The second and third place projects at this year’s awards were also worthy of praise. With its “Cold degreasing” project, the Bosch Traunreut location reduced its energy consumption with an innovative cleaning product that is effective at low temperatures. In turn, the “GoGreen” initiative has taken a comprehensive approach to saving energy. At the Campinas location in Brazil, the “System for CIP Safety” project has ensured occupational safety with a continuous improvement process. And the “Virtual Reality Safety Training @ CC” for Abstatt associates working in a digitized world serves the same purpose.
Bosch Mexico connects companies for more energy efficiency
10 organizations have one target in common: smart energy management. To reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Mexico, in July 2017 Bosch launched an energy efficiency network there. The first national corporate network of its kind enables actors from different Bosch locations to share knowledge and put joint innovative energy solutions into practice. To this end, Bosch works with several local partners, among them the Mexican energy ministry, the German-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the German International Development Agency (GIZ).
More climate protection at a lower cost
Within the framework of the learning network, the participating organizations have taken on different tasks: they promote the development of new energy-saving measures, organize workshops with energy experts, and offer technical support in the implementation of energy management systems, in line with ISO 50001. To this end, experts conducts regular training sessions and webinars at Bosch facilities, and offers advice on the topic of energy efficiency. The company has already invested more than 550,000 Mexican pesos (approx. 24,300 euros) in the learning network and is expected a payback about 2 years. Through energy efficiency projects such as the instalment of efficient frequency inverters and cooling systems at their locations, the network members will be able to reduce their annual energy consumption and get cost savings. Afterwards, the participating companies will decide whether or not they wish to extend their participation in the network.
Smart Bosch energy solutions
The Bosch Group has already implemented energy management systems at 42 locations worldwide, 30 of which have received external certification. In addition to this, the company offers intelligent solutions that allow retailers, suppliers, measuring stations, and network operators to improve their energy efficiency. These include, for instance, the Rollout Process Manager and Meter Gateway Manager software applications, which automate processes and thus reduce process costs. Digital monitoring tools such as the Bosch Energy Platform continuously record and evaluate the energy efficiency of facilities to make recommendations for improvement. Bosch energy solutions are already in use at 250 energy companies around the world, and they continue to be developed further.
More information on Bosch intelligent energy solutions can be found here (available in German language only) .
Bosch begins operation of largest solar power plant in the Indian automotive industry
The Bosch location in Nashik, India, has installed 36,000 solar panels at its site. The plant in the Indian city specializes in the production of components for fuel injection systems. To reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions at the plant, the site is now operating the largest solar power plant in India’s automotive industry. In three project phases since 2015, the local project team has had thousands of solar panels installed on rooftops, in parking lots, and in vacant areas.
To ensure that the solar modules operate seamlessly, they need to be thoroughly cleaned. To this end, Bosch experts have developed an inexpensive solution: a sprinkler system with special nozzles that spray the panels with constant water pressure at a 360-degree angle. The smart approach towards renewable solar energy saves energy equivalent to that required by 16,700 households and equivalent water saving 1.4 billion liters/year. With peak performance of 10 MWp, the solar power plant already covers 40 percent of the Nashik location’s day time energy needs. The aim is to increase the figure to 100 percent of day time energy need by 2018.
The new power plant is part of a comprehensive energy management approach that is based on three pillars. First, Bosch Nashik is systematically increasing energy efficiency throughout the value chain. Second, thanks to precise consumption analyses and forecasts, energy costs can be continuously reduced. Third, the Bosch location promotes projects that drive the expansion of renewable sources of energy forward. As a result, Bosch Nashik has reduced its CO2 emissions by 31,000 tons in the past four years, and saved 35 million units (35.000.000 kilowatt hours) of energy.
The project in India reflects the Bosch vision of sustainability: By 2020, the company aims to reduce its CO₂ emissions relative to value added by 35 percent over 2007 levels. More information about individual locations’ current efforts to protect the environment can be found in the Sustainability Report.
Bosch presents assistance systems for industrial production at the Hannover Messe
The APAS assistant carefully grasps the metal part and hands it to its colleague. APAS is not a Bosch associate, but rather a robot that is part of Industry 4.0. Bosch is showing the technology at the Hannover Messe until April 28. In the future, machines will play a greater role in supporting production workers. “Thanks to digital connectivity and production assistants, daily industrial work will become easier, more productive, and safer,” says Dr. Stefan Hartung, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, whose areas of responsibility include the Industrial Technology business sector. Collaborative robots such as the Bosch APAS assistant are already being used by automotive suppliers, carmakers, and consumer goods manufacturers.
Apart from the APAS assistant, Bosch is also exhibiting the APAS inspector in Hannover. The robot is able to detect whether the surface material of a work piece meets the necessary requirements. In this way, Bosch not only ensures consistently high levels of quality, it also allows workers to avoid tedious work steps. “Thanks to digital connectivity, many of the tasks what used to cost workers time can now be carried out quickly and simply. Industry 4.0 makes daily work in production much easier,” explains Stefan Aßmann, head of Connected Industry at Bosch, at a press conference ahead of the Hannover Messe.
Connected for more energy efficiency
Connectivity also helps make the working day easier: for instance, Bosch technology has connected more than 80 machines to one another at an Osram light manufacturing plant in Berlin. The Bosch Production Performance Manager (PPM) is at the heart of the Osram Ticket Manager. The system gathers machine data in real time and processes it further. What is more, employees can use an app to keep informed on the status of their machines at all times. This allows them to plan upcoming maintenance work or order replacement parts for machines more easily, and to monitor their machines more effectively.
Connectivity can also be used to optimize energy consumption. At its plant in Homburg, Germany, Bosch has reduced its energy costs by EUR 1.65 million per year thanks to Industry 4.0. To this end, all relevant machines have been connected to an energy platform that processes the data and presents it clearly. Thanks to pre-defined upper or lower limits, associates can immediately identify areas in which energy is unnecessarily consumed, or facilities that are underutilized. Bosch not only improves the energy efficiency of its own plants, it also offers its services to external customers. With intelligent connected solutions, Bosch can help its customers reduce their energy consumption by up to 25 percent.
More information in Industry 4.0 can be found here.
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).