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Bosch - Environmentally Oriented
November 26, 2008   
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The common denominator in all fields of Bosch's operations is energy efficiency along with climate protection.

Care for the environment is an important element of Bosch's strategy that calls for long-term economic development in harmony with sustainable use of natural resources and ensuring a clean natural environment. In all of its activities, Bosch intends to increase its commitment to the development of environmentally friendly technology, seeing here scope for huge growth potential.

Investment in green solutions
Last year the company invested some 6.2 billion euros, including 3.6 billion euros for research and development, and 2.6 billion for fixed assets. Investment on R&D amounted to 7.7 percent of the company's total sales. As much as 40 percent of that budget, that is, over 1.5 billion euros, was spent exclusively on environmentally friendly solutions. Apart from energy efficiency, these operations will be increasingly directed toward access to and use of renewable sources of energy.

Toward photovoltaics
Photovoltaics is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells for energy generation by converting sunlight directly into electricity.

This direction of development is confirmed by one of Bosch's latest acquisitions - the takeover of a 91.17-percent stake in ersol Solar Energy company which specializes in the design and production of modern solar batteries based on silicone semi-conductor technology. With this acquisition, Bosch plans to strengthen its position in the renewable energy sector and develop in the direction of photovoltaics. So far, none of the major manufacturers has undertaken such an extensive investment in the new and constantly developing renewable energy market. In June 2007 Bosch launched cooperation with the BASF and Heliatek companies in the field of organic photovoltaics, which helps reduce the cost of solar battery production while increasing the application range.

Using renewable energy
Bosch does not limit its activities in this field exclusively to solar energy. The Bosch Rexroth company deals with the production of environmentally friendly energy and has supplied, for example, green solutions used for the construction of prototype power plants using the energy of sea currents on the coasts of Britain and Norway. It is also the word's biggest supplier of wind turbine engines. The company's other divisions also follow a strategy of using energy resources effectively and applying environmentally friendly technologies. The Heating Technology Department will have invested 5 million euros by the end of the year in the extension of a plant manufacturing solar collectors in Wettringen, Germany. As a result the plant, together with the plant in Aveiro in Portugal, will produce a combined 350,000 collectors a year. They are sold under international or regional brands, such as Buderus and Junkers. After acquiring the U.S. heat pump manufacturer FHP Manufacturing and the Swedish company IVT Holding, Bosch is also a leading producer of geothermal pumps.

Reducing exhaust and carbon dioxide emissions
Early on, Bosch recognized the automotive industry's links with the protection of natural environment and resources. As early as in the 1970s, the company implemented its 3 S program (sicher, sauber, sparsam - safe, clean, economical) aimed at increasing the safety and economics of motoring and reducing its environmental impact. At present the company is working on, for example, improvement of a Diesel engine control system that is expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 10 percent. In addition, Bosch is working on a downsizing concept using the second generation of DI-Motronic gasoline injection systems. This is intended to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent in comparison to traditional injection methods. The company is also active in the field of other engine systems, from hybrids to those using natural gas or ethanol. Recently Bosch created with Samsung SDI a company that will develop, produce and distribute lithium-ion batteries meeting the requirements of the automotive industry. The technology is required for using electric engines in cars that help substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
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