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Bosch Energy and Building Technology Smart Bosch solutions for energy-efficient, comfortable, and secure buildings Software, sensor technology, and storage systems for decentralized energy systems

  • Energy costs and regulatory measures have spurred market growth
  • Residential and commercial buildings, services in focus
  • Bosch combines systems know-how with expertise in software, sensor technology, and storage systems for decentralized energy systems
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  • June 05, 2014
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Markets for energy and building technology are in a period of transition. This is mainly the result of rising energy costs, increasingly complex energy systems, and the legal framework. However, the new technical possibilities brought about by sensor technology and connectivity have also played a role. As these new possibilities increase, building users are becoming increasingly demanding when it comes to comfort, energy efficiency, and security.

Stuttgart – Bosch sees major growth opportunities around the world in the market for energy and building technology, especially in the residential and commercial building sector and in the services segment. The company has extensive systems know-how in the realm of heating and security systems, as well as software, sensor technology, and storage technology expertise. As a result, Bosch believes it is well equipped to become a leading global provider of smart energy and building technology. The company aims to increase the sales of its Energy and Building Technology business sector from 4.6 billion euros today to eight billion euros in 2020. With services for business customers, Bosch aims to generate sales of one billion euros by 2020.

“Rising energy costs and stricter legal requirements are the main drivers of strong global growth in the market for energy and building technology. Energy management has made it onto senior management's agenda,” said Dr. Stefan Hartung, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for the Energy and Building Technology business sector. “At the same time, expectations of buildings' comfort and security are increasing. This has led to growing demand for energy efficiency and security technologies, as well as for services. Sensor technology and connectivity are offering brand new technical possibilities here.”

Buildings offer the greatest energy-saving potential
Global energy consumption has been increasing steadily despite growing efforts to reduce it with energy-efficiency and energy-saving technologies. From 1973 to 2012, global energy needs doubled, also because a growing number of people around the world are living in megacities, conurbations with several million inhabitants. In light of spiking energy costs, investments in energy technologies are paying off significantly faster. Existing buildings account for 40 percent of global energy consumption, while 32 percent is consumed by industry. Transport accounts for another 28 percent. Buildings thus offer the greatest energy-saving potential, and are the best place to start any efforts to achieve climate and energy efficiency targets. The market for heating systems shows the greatest potential: at present, 75 percent of installed heating systems are not energy efficient. Today, buildings' energy use can easily be modernized with new, efficient systems such as condensing technologies, or by tapping renewable sources of energy. “Even with the technologies that are already available, there is still enormous untapped potential for significantly improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings,” Hartung said. “Today, buildings' energy use can be modernized quickly and easily with new energy efficiency technologies. For example, old heating systems can be replaced.”

Smart energy and building technology
Since the company was founded, energy conversion has been a core Bosch competence. Bosch offers owners of residential and commercial buildings packages that combine technology and services. Bosch solutions intelligently link and control the generation and consumption of power and heat. This will make the power supply even more efficient and smarter, as well as more decentralized. The Bosch Energy and Building Technology business sector combines several areas of expertise: technical systems know-how is the basis of heating and security control systems. The company also offers software and sensor technology as well as services for energy management, remote monitoring, and the handling of business processes. This allows customers to use energy and resources more efficiently, and to reduce costs.

Sensor technology and connectivity offer new technical possibilities
Bosch also expects good growth opportunities in the market for energy and building technology as a result of the use of sensor technology, IP-enabled technology, and device connectivity. The internet of things makes it possible for devices and systems in buildings to communicate with one another. By 2015, Bosch expects about 75 percent of the world's population to have access to the internet. At the same time, six billion things will be connected to the internet. This development will also bring about major changes in the market for energy and building technology in the coming years, and will pave the way for new services and business models. Bosch already has considerable experience in this realm, for instance with the more than 25,000 networked heating systems it has already sold. In 2014, Bosch is likely to sell 50,000 internet-enabled boilers. The Bosch Security Systems division already generates more than half its sales in the video surveillance segment with internet-enabled cameras.

The building of the future is connected: smart heating, smart home
Smart heating offers additional opportunities for optimizing buildings' heating systems. ”Smart heating” means the intelligent networking of heating systems, controlled via a smart phone or tablet computer. In this area, Bosch already offers a broad range of products that meet the specific requirements of individual local markets: Bosch Thermotechnology's Buderus-brand boilers can be integrated into building management systems such as RWE Smart Home or MyGekko. In Sweden, Bosch Thermotechnology offers an app that can find the lowest available power rates for the operation of electric heat pumps. Smart grids with power rates that change over the course of the day are already the norm there. The app makes it possible to operate heat pumps when electricity prices are at their lowest, wherever possible. In the Netherlands, Bosch Thermotechnology offers the WiFi-enabled “Nefit Easy” with a modern touch screen, which allows users to control their heating systems via their smart phones. It meets the special requirements of the Dutch market: for instance, the room which is decisive for temperature control can be defined. Users can rely on the very high safety and data security standards that Bosch has developed. In cooperation with partner companies Bosch intends to develop an open standard for the smart home. The initiative also aims to establish a software platform for service providers.

Systems and services for commercial buildings
In commercial buildings, the intelligent networking of energy systems is already significant today. Bosch offers solutions for intelligently connected hot-water and heating systems, highly efficient cogeneration units, organic rankine cycle (ORC) systems, combined heat and power systems, and energy storage solutions. The company also provides professional advice on energy efficiency. Bosch engineers also leverage hidden efficiency potential. For example, Bosch technologies make it possible for air conditioning systems to be controlled based on actual need, or enable waste heat from manufacturing facilities to be used to heat offices. With such measures, Bosch experts can achieve energy savings of 20 percent in commercial buildings. Moreover, Bosch is the leading global provider of security systems for buildings and industrial facilities. The company's products include video surveillance systems, intruder and fire alarms, access control systems, voice alarms, evacuation systems, and public address systems. The company also offers professional audio and conference systems for the communication of voice, sound, and music. Moreover, Bosch offers building and energy management systems as well as services for remote surveillance and emergency call systems. This is in addition to services for the handling of business processes, such as fleet management and logistics services.

Software, sensor technology, and energy storage: decisive expertise for decentralized energy systems
Bosch is the global market leader in the area of microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS), a key technology when it comes to connecting things over the internet. Today, every second smart phone in the world is equipped with Bosch sensors. Bosch's strategic aim is to offer solutions for connected mobility, networked production, as well as for networked energy systems and buildings. Intelligent sensors represent the next level of technical advancement. These are equipped with a radio interface and a microcontroller. As a result, sensors are able to transmit relevant data via the internet, for instance to mobile end devices. Software integration is decisive for the next wave of advancement in micromechanics, which are already widespread in automotive and consumer electronics. The aim is to transmit only relevant information to the internet, and not raw data. This local data processing calls for the special kind of systems know-how that Bosch brings to the table. But there is practically no limit to what can still be connected via sensors. As a result, things that were free of electronics in the past, such as doors and windows, will be able to transmit data on their status to the internet. In brief, micromechanics make the internet of things possible. With its new company Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH, Bosch aims to develop new solutions in this realm. This company focuses on the smart home, logistics, and transport segments. In the future, consignments of critical goods will be able to transmit data on any unusual status changes directly to logistics centers. Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions is an extension of Bosch's software and systems unit, Bosch Software Innovations. This unit works with external customers and other Bosch divisions, for instance to implement virtual power plant concepts or smart city projects. A pilot project for the connected city in Monaco is especially ambitious. Here, bus networks, road works, and parking lot management systems are linked to one another.
In addition to this, Bosch is planning and developing energy storage systems in a variety of sizes, for instance for residential complexes and wind parks. In Kelsterbach, a community close to Frankfurt, Bosch has provided a flexible energy storage system for a residential complex that will comprise 180 townhouses once construction has been completed.

Videos:
Bosch combined heat and power plant footage
Bosch solar thermal energy footage
Bosch intelligent ventilation control systems
Smart home footage

For more information online:
Bosch combined heat and power systems
Bosch ORC systems
Global service center solution for Lufthansa Cargo
Bosch Secure Truck Parking - Safety for driver and vehicle
Bosch supplies energy storage system for forward-looking residential building
How energy storage systems are contributing to the transition toward alternative sources of energy

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The Energy and Building Technology business sector accounted for 4.6 billion euros, or roughly 10 percent, of total Bosch Group sales in 2013 (Note: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). It offers a wide range of products, solutions, and services for heating, hot water, air conditioning, security, and facility and energy management. Energy and Building Technology encompasses the Thermotechnology and Security Systems divisions. The former is a supplier of resource-conserving heating products and hot-water solutions. The latter provides products and solutions for video surveillance, access control, voice evacuation systems, intrusion control and fire alarm systems, professional audio and conference systems, and services for remote surveillance and business process management. The business sector also includes Bosch Energy and Building Solutions GmbH, which specializes in services designed to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.

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.”

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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