Allgäu location is the only one in the world with its own hydropower plant
All good things come to those who wait – it's hard to find a more apt proverb to describe the official opening ceremony for the new Bosch hydropower plant at the Blaichach location. After almost four years of planning and construction, the long-awaited launch of the plant took place on July 26, 2012 – much to the delight of technical plant manager Rupert Hoellbacher. "The fact we've been able to open the new plant is also thanks to the tenacity of Bosch associates in the Allgäu region who initiated this project despite the difficult conditions in the economic crisis of 2008 and 2009."
The project team demonstrated its high level of commitment to making hydropower the key element of the Bosch energy concept in both the planning and implementation stages. "Their efforts and persistence have paid off," says executive vice president Michael Schöllhorn. The power plant, which cost ten million euros and replaces a hydropower station that is a hundred years old in places, is expected to generate around 15,600 megawatt hours of renewable energy in the future. This quantity can meet around 80 percent of Bosch energy needs in Blaichach ecologically. The location, which specializes in manufacturing sensors and safety technology such as ESP and ABS for vehicles, is also reducing CO2 emissions by around 6,600 metric tons a year.
The new development is also accompanied by an ecological upgrading of the Schwarzenbach river, which feeds the Bosch power plant with water. A guaranteed amount of water will remain in the river in the future, even when the water level is low. This was not previously stipulated and prevents the river from drying out.