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Fields of innovation

Energy conversion and infrastructure

Research in the fight against global warming

The Paris Agreement established a global consensus to reduce global warming. Mitigating greenhouse gas levels in our atmosphere is a challenge all nations must take on. Bosch is investing in innovative technologies, which reimagine mobility and its related infrastructure elements with the aim of slowing down global warming and its effects.

Energy conversion and infrastructure

Climate on edge

A historic global effort to curb the effects of climate change produced the Paris Agreement in 2016. The agreement compels the signatory nations to undertake measures, which will slow down global warming and its associated risks. To achieve the goals of the agreement, industrial production and heating as well as private home heating must find ways to reduce CO2 emissions. Alone, these sectors will face great challenges with such a transformational effort. By coupling the sectors, however, synergies can assist in attaining the goals that have been set forth.

4,600

tons of CO2 saved at Bosch Homburg plant in 2017

Generating energy from renewable sources has a considerable impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions – but it will not be enough to tackle the problem alone. We must identify all sources of greenhouse gases and develop technological solutions to mitigate the emissions.

Planet-saving technologies

At Bosch, we are working on essential technologies, which can pave the way towards a future with minimal greenhouse gas emissions. Advanced storage materials like highly efficient hydrogen storages provide clean emissions energy sources. Fuel cells for mobile and stationary use promise to widen the range of viable applications of fuel cells. Carbon capture prevents greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere and may fuel a circular economy. Electrolyzers convert electricity to hydrogen, making it possible to convert renewable energy to fuel. Intelligent and reliable networks for energy distribution can optimize energy networks and minimize energy loss.

Electric mobility solutions

One of our highest priorities is the fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). The fuel cell requires a delicate balance of various components, so that it can operate properly in various conditions. The interactions of these components are known as the fuel cell system. The systems approach allows us to determine the overall efficiency, cost, quality and lifetime of the fuel cell.

“Electric cars have to be powered with renewable sources of energy.”

Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer

Bosch Corporate Research is busy working all the components of FCEVs. This requires interdisciplinary teamwork covering a multitude of competencies and scientific disciplines, including system design, sensors, power electronics, electrical turbochargers, hydrogen storages, and electrochemical components. To get FCEVs ready for mass market, it is essential to bring costs down with innovative manufacturing technologies and processes. At the same time, we must increase reliability by preparing material databases, which catalog important information, like embrittlement under pressurized wet hydrogen. The deep knowledge base along the complete value chain in all components makes Bosch Corporate Research unique in this area.

International cooperation

Bosch is globally positioned to develop tomorrow’s technologies. Through our international projects at our offices in Sunnyvale (California), Shanghai (China), Tokyo (Japan), and Renningen (Germany), we cooperate with leading institutes from academia as well as notable suppliers and renowned OEMs all over the world.

Summary

The fight against global warming requires imaginative technological solutions. Bosch is developing ideas for energy conversion and infrastructure today, which will reduce future greenhouse gas emissions.

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