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Denoxtronic exhaust-gas system Bosch reduces nitrogen oxide emissions

  • Denoxtronic systems lower NOx emissions by up to 95 percent
  • Fuel consumption up to 5 percent lower, offsetting additional cost of system
  • Engine-based optimization also contributes to NOx reduction
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  • September 10, 2013
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From 2014, new European Commission legislation will require a drastic reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. In addition, elevated nitrogen oxide levels in some European cities are causing concern. Bosch systems are already reducing nitrogen oxide emissions. The automotive supplier Bosch offers technical solutions for challenging standards such as Euro 6 – first and foremost, the Denoxtronic system for treating exhaust gas. “The more vehicles that are equipped with Denoxtronic, the sooner the nitrogen oxide situation will ease,” says Dr. Markus Heyn, president of the Bosch Diesel Systems division. “We’ve already taken the first step: there are already vehicles on the road that conform to the Euro 6 standard.” Bosch offers its system for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Both versions of the Denoxtronic system can reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 95 percent. This is achieved by injecting liquid urea – also know as Adblue – into the exhaust gas flow. This reacts with the exhaust gas and turns nitrogen oxide into harmless steam and nitrogen.

For decades now, engineers at Bosch have been intensively studying the chemical process of combustion in order to develop solutions for reducing NOx emissions. The development of the diesel engine illustrates this. A odern diesel has around 96 percent lower raw emissions of nitrogen oxide than one produced in the early 1990s. This is also due to further developments in injection technology. “Nitrogen oxides are an invariable by-product of lean combustion – that is, when there is excess air in the combustion chamber. But less fresh air in the combustion chamber means more particulate matter. Optimizing combustion always has to move between these two poles,” says Jürgen Gerhardt, who is senior vice president for diesel engineering at Bosch.

Denoxtronic pays off through lower consumption
Optimized combustion alone is sufficient for compact-class passenger cars to satisfy the European Commission’s NOx emissions limit of 80 milligrams per kilometer, which will come into force in 2014. Large sedans, SUVs, and heavy commercial vehicles will only be able to achieve this with exhaust-gas treatment systems such as Bosch Denoxtronic. Although this will mean additional expense for vehicle buyers, lower fuel consumption can offset the higher cost. Overall, Denoxtronic helps to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 5 percent. It does this by enabling even leaner combustion, depending on the type of engine in which it is installed. The exhaust-gas treatment system thus practically pays for itself.

Bosch offers Denox solutions for all vehicle classes. In the compact class, these include engine-based technologies such as injection systems. For larger cars, Bosch offers the proven Denoxtronic 5, which is designed for system pressures ranging from 4.5 to 8.5 bar. Here as well, Bosch believes in the virtues of a compact design. Thanks to a supply module that can be integrated into the AdBlue tank, the Denoxtronic 5 is particularly suitable for use in compact commercial vehicles, SUVs, and sedans. For other commercial vehicles, Bosch offers Denoxtronic 6. The system is 4 percent smaller than previous versions. It thus saves valuable installation space and weight, and in addition can be produced more cost-effectively.

Technical information at a glance
The technical details for Denoxtronic 5 can be found on the accompanying fact sheet.

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Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2015, its sales came to 41.7 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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