Publicly funded projects
Collaboration with partners from business and science in publicly funded projects enables us to identify technological trends faster and be actively involved in shaping new business fields right from the start. Our active participation in research cooperations also makes us a key member of international research and development networks. It also offers us the possibility to align ourselves well for handling future challenges.
On account of the wide spectrum of topics covered by the company, Bosch is a partner who can offer a great deal of experience in numerous areas and in many cases even ensure early market access. In order to define future research fields, we are also represented as experts in various bodies at both national and international level.
Here we present a selection of top publicly funded projects Bosch Research is involved in.
Electro mobility and fuel cell technology
The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology will play an important role in the future power supply for cities and industry. This is due to its low emissions and high efficiency in the direct conversion of the chemical energy of fuels into electricity.
One of the major success factors of SOFCs is to ensure a long lifetime of the stacks. Therefore, the understanding of degradation mechanisms is required and serves as basis for cell optimization and predictive maintenance strategies.
In the publicly funded project KerSOLife100, we investigate the degradation behavior of a fully ceramic SOFC concept in cooperation with industries, research institutes and universities. Cutting-edge electrochemical, analytical and simulation methods are developed and combined together to generate a deep understanding of the physical processes. The goal is to model aging mechanisms, in order to predict their impact on long-term cell performance. Based on this knowledge, optimization measures, and tailored operating strategies can be defined.
Project duration: 09/2016 to 12/2019
Funding program: Research funding in the 6th energy research program of the German federal government “Forschung für eine umweltschonende, zuverlässige und bezahlbare Energieversorgung” [research for an environmentally friendly, reliable and cost-effective energy supply]
Call for proposals: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) [German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy]
Call “Anwendungsorientierte Forschung und Entwicklung zur nichtnuklearen Energieforschung” [application-oriented research and development on non-nuclear energy research] in the framework of the 6th energy research program of the German federal government
Area of funding: fuel cells and hydrogen technologies
- Forschungszentrum Jülich
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
- Aalen University of Applied Sciences
- Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
- RJL Micro & Analytic GmbH
Materials under Hydrogen Pressure
Hydrogen technology will play an important role in clean mobility and energy solutions of the future. For a wide introduction of hydrogen technology on the market, in particular of the mobile fuel cell vehicle, there is still the need for cost-efficient and reliable system components. Reliability is especially important for hydrogen components made out of metals because hydrogen can deteriorate mechanical properties of these materials, leading to an elevated failure risk of hydrogen exposed components under specific conditions.
The publicly funded project MatHyP (= Materials under Hydrogen Pressure) was initiated to overcome or at least to minimize the failure risk. The project focusses on deriving suitable testing methods, materials engineering and pre-design concepts for components operating in medium and high-pressure hydrogen.
Project duration: 01/2018 to 12/2020
Funding program: 6th energy research program of the federal government “Forschung für eine umweltschonende, zuverlässige und bezahlbare Energieversorgung”[research for an environmentally friendly, reliable and cost-effective energy supply], Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie (BMWi) [German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Technology]
- University Stuttgart
- MPA Stuttgart
(Co-funding by Deutsche Edelstahlwerke, Andreas Hofer Hochdrucktechnik GmbH, MAN Energy Solutions)
EVA shuttle buses in public transport
EVA shuttle buses in public transport
(electric, connected and autonomously driving electrified mini buses in public transport)
The aim of the project “Elektrische, vernetzte und autonom fahrende Elektro-Minibusse im ÖPNV” [electric, connected and autonomously driving electrified mini buses in public transport] (short: EVA shuttle) is the development of a mobility solution for the first and the last mile from the bus stop to the door. In this respect, the project consortium is testing a new offer in public transport, which will provide the user with more options and increased comfort and expand the public transport offering – under real conditions at Testfeld Autonomes Fahren Baden-Württemberg (TAF BW) [test field for autonomous driving in Baden-Württemberg].
Project duration: 10/2018 to 12/2020
Funding program: Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI) [German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure];
Research program: automated and connected driving
- FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
- Robert Bosch GmbH
- Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe GmbH
- TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH
- Deutsche-Bahn-Tochter ioki GmbH
- INIT GmbH; Stadt Karlsruhe
- Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund / Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft
The project’s name TANGO stands for “Technologie für automatisiertes Fahren, die nutzergerecht optimiert wird” in German. Its English equivalent is as follows “Technology for automated driving, optimized to the benefit of the user.”
The target of TANGO is an improvement of the user experience and the acceptance of automated driving functions in trucks. In the project, a new technology which enables the driver to gain a significant added value from the intermediate levels of automated driving is developed, guaranteeing the required comfort.
To ensure that the driver can benefit from the advantages of partially to highly automated vehicles without making any compromises with respect to comfort and safety, both the interaction with the automated system as well as with activities not related to driving are to be designed in a user- and situation-adapted manner.
The TANGO project is centered around the “attention and activities assistant”, which provides the driver with different activities taking into consideration the current state of the driver, the driving situation, the assistance level and the interaction channel used.
The development process is designed in a user-oriented manner, with the phases of user research, requirements analysis, concept development and creation of prototypes up to evaluation.
Project duration: 12/2016 to 05/2020
Funding program: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) [German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy], funding measure: New vehicle and system technologies – highly and fully automated driving for demanding driving situations
- Volkswagen AG
- MAN Truck & Bus AG
- Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart
- University of Stuttgart
- CanControls GmbH
- Spiegel Institut Mannheim GmbH & Co. KG
Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things
Rapid Reconfiguration of Flexible Production Systems through Capability-based Adaptation, Auto-configuration and Integrated Tools for Production Planning
The requirements on production systems are continuously being shifted towards higher flexibility and adaptability. The ReCaM project aimed at developing and demonstrating a set of integrated tools for the rapid and autonomous reconfiguration of agile production systems, both at operational as well as managerial levels. It integrates existing production planning and scheduling tools (MES). This approach is based on intelligent plug-and-produce capable self-describing mechatronic objects, which are able to auto-program and self-adjust to the required task by utilizing parametric capabilities. These next-generation flexible production systems and the proposed set of enabling software-based tools will allow a rapid and cost-efficient reaction to dynamic market changes, also in small-lot production contexts, reducing the efforts needed to switch between product types and production quantities. ReCaM solutions are expected to allow increasing the amount of variants and decreasing the lot sizes by 50% in an economically feasible way. Also, at least 30% reduction in set-up and changeover times and costs are expected. The integrated planning tool will take into consideration the energy consumption of the specific resources. The project was grounded on existing de-facto standards and specifications regarding reconfigurable system architectures, resource data models, control architectures, and interfaces, and provided and supplemented new specifications for the missing aspects. The ReCaM consortium comprises a strong involvement of SMEs in R&D and demonstration activities as well as two end users from major EU sectors, thus enabling proper exploitation of the demonstrated results.
A demonstrator of the ReCaM project is now being used within ARENA 2036 for future research activities toward the factory of the future.
Project duration: 11/2015 to 10/2018
Funding program: European Commission, Horizon 2020, Flexible production systems based on integrated tools for rapid reconfiguration of machinery and robots (FoF-11-2015)
- Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
- Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- TTY-Saatio, Finland
- Tampereen korkeakoulusaatio sr, Finland
- nxtcontrol GmbH, Austria
- Companía Española de Sistemas Aeronáuticos SA, Spain
- DGH Robótica, Automatización y Mantenimiento Industrial SA, Spain
- Cosberg SPA, Italy
- EnginSoft SPA, Italy
Materials Modelling Marketplace for Increased Industrial Innovation
The MarketPlace consortium utilizes state-of-the-art information technologies to build an open web-based Materials Modeling and Collaboration platform in the form of an open marketplace providing all determining components for the integration of advanced workflows to couple and link various discrete (electronic, atomistic, mesoscopic) and continuum models. It further links various activities and databases on models, provides information on simulation tools, access to experimental characterization, and supports exchange of expertise, lectures and training materials (e.g. tutorials). The proposed MarketPlace will be a central hub for all materials modeling related activities in Europe and provides tools to connect disparate modelling, translators, and manufacturing communities. The MarketPlace consortium aims to strengthen the competitiveness and lower the innovation barrier for the European industry for product development, process design, and optimization by materials modelling.
Project duration: 60 months, starting 01/2018
Funding program: Horizon 2020 – The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the EU (2014-2020); H2020-NMBP-2016-2017 (call for nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology and production)
- FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
- ACCESS e.V.
- ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
- CRYSTALSOL OU
- DCS COMPUTING GMBH
- ENTHOUGHT LTD
- ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
- GOLDBECK CONSULTING LIMITED
- GRANTA DESIGN LTD
- HAUTE ECOLE SPECIALISEE DE SUISSE OCCIDENTALE
- JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC
- L'UREDERRA, FUNDACIÓN PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLÓGICO Y SOCIAL
- MBN NANOMATERIALIA SPA
- MTU AERO ENGINES AG
- NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
- STIFTELSEN SINTEF
- UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
- SINTEF OCEAN AS
Agent systems for the intelligent and robust control of complex energy systems in non-residential buildings as part of the higher-level energy system
The increasing complexity of buildings and energy systems in the non-residential sector leads in practice to difficulties in operational management. This deficit leads to an inefficient use of energy, since heat recovery processes and coordinated generation for electricity, heating and cooling can only be used in a targeted manner through overall optimization of the energy system by exploiting the networking of all components.
So-called agent systems could provide a remedy here. An agent is a delimitable (hardware and/or software) unit with defined objectives. An agent strives to achieve these goals by acting independently and interacts with its environment and other agents. An agent system consists of a set of agents that communicate to perform one or more tasks together. The necessary data exchange with the other agents is much more manageable than with a centrally organized system, as not every single data point has to be made available, analyzed and evaluated centrally for the optimization task. These systems can be developed up to plug-and-play solutions for building services engineering.
Project duration: 3 years
Funding program: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) [German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy], 7. Energy research program of the federal government “Innovationen für die Energiewende” [Innovations for the energy turnaround]
- RWTH Aachen – E.ON Energy Research Center, Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate
- RWTH Aachen – E.ON Energy Research Center, Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems
- Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Chair of Control Engineering
(Intra-Logistics with Integrated Automatic Deployment for safe and scalable fleets in shared spaces)
Today, intralogistic services have to respond quickly to changing market needs, unforeseeable trends, and shorter product life cycles. These drivers mean that intralogistic systems have to be highly flexible, extremely reliable, self-optimizing, quickly deployable, and safe yet efficient in environments shared with humans. ILIAD will enable the transition to automated intralogistic services with key stakeholders from the food distribution sector, where these challenges are particularly pressing. The partners in ILIAD will develop robotic solutions that can integrate with existing warehouse facilities. The goal is to realize self-deploying fleets of heterogeneous robots that operate safely and efficiently in environments shared with humans, as well as efficient fleet management with formal guarantees. With ambitious scientific goals, the project also aims to extend the state of the art in manipulation from a mobile platform and life-long self-optimization.
Project duration: 01/2016 to 12/2020
Funding program: The European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 732737 (H2020 ICT-26-2016b)
- Örebro University (Sweden)
- University of Lincoln (UK)
- University of Pisa (Italy)
- TU Munich (Germany)
- Robert Bosch GmbH, Corporate Research (Germany)
- Kollmorgen Automation (Sweden)
- ACT Operations Reseach (Italy)
- Orkla Foods Sverige (Sweden)
- Logistics Engineering Services (UK)