Bosch aims to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 20% between 2007 and 2020 in its production sites worldwide with half of this goal having already been achieved in 2011. Furthermore, about 40 percent of its sales last year originated from products that help protect the environment and reduce natural resources consumption.
Along this same line of environmental concern is the construction of this photovoltaic plant, developed by the Solar Energy division, which produces highly efficient solar photovoltaic components based in crystalline silicon.
430,000 kWh of clean energy
The photovoltaic installation, located in the employee parking lot, spreads over an area of 3,000 m2 and offers 331 kWp of peak power. Its production of 430,000 kWh is equivalent to the average annual energy consumption of more than 140 single-family homes of 4 people. This allows annual savings of 162 tonnes of CO2 that will not be emitted into the atmosphere, which is to say the equivalent to consuming 66,000 liters of fuel.
Within the business area of Automotive Technology, the most important for Bosch Group, photovoltaic solar energy also presents great opportunities, since it allows to use this clean energy for recharging the electric cars’ batteries. This gives the advantage to Bosch of offering car manufacturers a complete solution: from components, battery and power up to management of the recharging infrastructure.
The installation is complemented with three recharging points for diverse electric mobility solutions including both cars, as scooters or electric bicycles, all connected to a Bosch eMobility platform for electro-mobility management. It also includes a “fotolinera” ( photovoltaic service station) that uses energy that directly comes from solar photovoltaic modules, ensuring actual “zero” emissions by
avoiding emissions both during electricity production and during operation of the vehicle.
The evolution towards electric car
Bosch opts for the electrification of the vehicle in all its forms, from the micro- hybrid to pure electric vehicle to varying degrees of hybridization and extended autonomy. Thus, they are investing heavily in the development and manufacture of all components: engines, electronics and batteries, with already several vehicles in series production to which new models will soon add. One of the first electric vehicles that will use this solar energy installation is a third-generation Smart which features a new electric engine emerged from the joint venture created last year between Daimler and Bosch.
Additionally, Bosch also provides other forms of urban mobility, besides the electric car, as noted by Bosch Group President for Spain and Portugal “We think both urban motorcycle and bicycle, are very interesting and advantageous solutions for urban traffic and their electrification could help implement a more sustainable mobility, especially in large cities. ”
Thus, Bosch supplies propulsion systems and batteries for electric scooters and drives, batteries and control electronics for e-bikes.
Sustainable energy solutions for the HVAC (Heating, ventilation and air conditioning)
Not only is Bosch Group committed to energy efficiency in the area of Thermotechnics in the automotive sector, but also in consumer goods and in the commercial and industrial business. Providing especially innovative, efficient and environmental friendly solutions for heating and hot water is one of the challenges of their Thermotechnology division which comprises Junkers, Buderus and Bosch brands. To procure an efficient home, the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency are key. And within a home, most of the cost of energy comes from the heating and hot water production. Therefore, the target is to develop products that offer high performance, low fuel consumption and a high level of comfort, such as Junkers condensing boilers allowing up to 30% savings on gas bill or solar thermal systems based solely on clean energy, which are able to cover up to 70% of the hot water demand. Energy savings are equally important in sectors like the hotel industry where the brand Buderus offers efficient solutions through integrated HVAC systems featuring the latest technology.
In addition, through the brand Bosch, the group provides solutions for large industrial plants from heavy duty boilers for industry to cogeneration units.