Test track for safety and driver assistance systems
Investment of roughly 73 million euros by 2017
Donghai, China – On June 21, Bosch opened a new proving ground in Donghai, Jiangsu province. This test facility will allow year-round testing of active safety systems such as the ABS antilock braking system, the ESP® electronic stability program, and powerful driver assistance systems for passenger cars, motorcycles, and trucks with a total weight of up to 45 metric tons. Chinese drivers are coming to appreciate safety and comfort more and more. “Even now, every fifth passenger car made in China has the ESP® anti-skid system on board”, says Gerhard Steiger, the president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division: “By 2015, this will be every third passenger car.”
In three construction phases, Bosch will invest a total of 73 million euros in this testing facility by 2017. Including testing and service facilities, the site will cover a total surface area of some 1.4 million square meters, roughly the same as 200 soccer fields. Worldwide, Bosch operates more than ten proving grounds. There is already one Chinese testing facility in Inner Mongolia. The new test track, which will also be open to automakers, is assigned to the Chassis Systems Control division. This Bosch division manufactures and develops components and systems for active and passive safety, as well as driver assistance systems. Worldwide, Chassis Systems Control employs some 16,000 associates at more than 35 locations.
Bosch in China A global supplier of technology and services, Bosch has been present in China since 1909. Today, Bosch China has some 34,000 associates, working in the Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology business sectors at 58 locations. Following Germany and the U.S., China is Bosch's third largest market. It generated sales of some 5.1 billion euros in 2012.
Lithium-ion batteries are basis for mobility of the future
Start of strategic collaboration at beginning of 2014
Stuttgart/Kyoto/Tokyo – Robert Bosch GmbH and the Japanese companies GS Yuasa International Ltd., based in Kyoto, and Mitsubishi Corporation, based in Tokyo, have agreed to work together on the next generation of high-performance lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are fundamental for future forms of mobility, such as plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicles. The companies aim to use advanced cell management and progress in electrochemistry and materials to significantly increase energy content. This will reduce weight and space requirements, and increase the range of electric vehicles.
The three companies intend to set up a joint venture for joint research and development, and to support their mother companies in sales and marketing activities. Operations are planned to start in the beginning of 2014. The headquarters will be Stuttgart/Germany. The establishment of the joint venture is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities.
Bosch intends to hold a 50 percent stake in the joint venture, with GS Yuasa and Mitsubishi Corporation each holding 25 percent. The composition of the board of management and supervisory board will reflect these shareholdings.
Bosch will contribute its know-how in production processes and quality management relating to the large-scale series production of complex products. With its competence in the area of battery packs and battery management systems, Bosch specializes in the monitoring and control of cells and complete battery systems, as well as in integrating them into vehicles. In addition, Bosch will support these joint activities with its entire portfolio of components for electromobility.
GS Yuasa will contribute its many years of experience in manufacturing lithium-ion cells whose high density makes for a longer range, as well as its expertise in materials systems and electrochemistry. As an established manufacturer of automotive and non-automotive lithium-ion battery cells, GS Yuasa has a strong engineering team and modern production lines with a high level of automation.
Mitsubishi Corporation will contribute its worldwide marketing network and expertise as a global integrated business enterprise. Mitsubishi Corporation will apply its strengths in building global value chains, covering natural resources, material, sales and take advantage of their synergy to advance this business.
Essential part of the move to alternative forms of energy – 200,000 hours of experience
Reliable solutions for modern grid infrastructure
Dependable electricity supply when it is needed
Stuttgart/Munich – At the Intersolar Europe exhibition in Munich (June 19-21), Bosch will be presenting its wide range of electricity storage systems for making solar and wind power available when it is needed. The storage systems are available in capacities to suit applications from individual homes to small towns. There are two reasons why storage is an essential part of Germany’s move to alternative forms of energy, known as the “Energiewende.” First, it keeps the electricity supplied from intermittent wind and solar sources in reserve for later use. Second, it helps integrate renewable energy into the power grid. People use these storage systems to give themselves a degree of independence from energy suppliers.
Storage for the home One of the Bosch products to be seen at the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners is Bosch Power Tec’s BPT-S 5 Hybrid. The size of a refrigerator, this electricity storage system is suited to home use, storing the electricity a photovoltaic system generates during the day so that a family can draw it down when the sun is not shining any longer. The BPT-S 5 Hybrid is available with a basic storage capacity of 4.4 kWh, which can be expanded as required in modular steps of 2.2 kWh up to a maximum of 13.2 kWh. The BPT-S 5 Hybrid is the world’s only PV storage system to have received security certification for all components of the system from an independent institute. This satisfies the highest international safety standards. Bosch Power Tec has already amassed 200,000 hours of experience with its electricity storage systems.
Particular attention has been paid to the safety of the batteries: with sophisticated software monitoring each individual battery cell and clever design solutions in the construction of its housing, this system is in a safety class of its own.
Government incentives As of May 1, 2013, a market incentive programme by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) is in effect. It subsidises stationary decentralised battery storage systems connected to a photovoltaic system, which is connected to the electrical grid. The qualification for the subsidy programme is linked to strict technical requirements. Available since last year, the BPT-S 5 Hybrid by Bosch Power Tec is fully eligible, as it fulfils all technical requirements. Continuous reduction of feed-in performance to 60 percent is required to help relieve the local grid. The Bosch storage system meets this requirement in an easy and intelligent manner.
Bosch Energy Storage Solutions Bosch Energy Storage Solutions will also be showcasing much larger solutions with the capacity to store multiple kilowatt hours or even megawatt hours of electricity. Systems that can store up to 100 kilowatt hours can be used in industry to cover expensive peak loads. By way of comparison, 100 kilowatt hours is enough to iron 1,500 shirts, to cook 400 lunches on a cooker, or to power the LED lighting for a community of 2,000 people. Storage systems in the megawatt-hour range can be used to optimize the integration of strongly intermittent wind and solar power supplies.
In 2013, Bosch is looking to build a megawatt-scale battery system in the north of Germany, then integrate it into the power grid and operate so as to stabilize the grid and improve the integration of wind power. The battery will be able to offer a capacity of one megawatt for up to four hours – in other words, it can supply four megawatt hours. This is equivalent to supplying a whole day’s power to 400 homes.
Weather is the deciding factor These batteries feature software designed in-house that tells them exactly how much electricity is being generated and consumed at any given time. This means the systems themselves can decide whether to store power or feed it into the grid. Using weather forecasts, they can also calculate whether to store power for the following day. In tomorrow’s smart grids, batteries large and small will serve to ensure the best possible balance between electricity supply and demand. In Braderup, in northern Germany, Bosch Energy Storage Solutions is currently putting in place one of Europe’s biggest batteries to store the output of an entire wind farm.
On request, Bosch can analyze a project to determine the size of storage system it requires. The company also offers to carry out detailed planning work for turnkey solutions. Software developed especially for this kind of energy audit guarantees an optimum design both for the system and for operation.
About renewables The German federal government expects renewable energy’s share of gross energy consumption to reach 19.6 percent by 2020. It also sees as much as half the country’s electricity demand being met from renewable sources by 2030. What is more, making increasing use of renewables is a key to protecting the climate. Consequently, changing the energy system to make it more sustainable is a necessity on many levels.
Information on the Bosch exit from crystalline photovoltaics On March 22, 2013, Robert Bosch GmbH announced that it will end its crystalline photovoltaic business and the development, production, and sale of ingots, wafers, cells, and modules by the beginning of 2014. Bosch Power Tec GmbH is not affected in its role as a supplier of highly efficient solar inverters and groundbreaking electricity-storage technologies.
Stuttgart – The Bosch Group is sharpening its focus on logistics. With immediate effect, a new member of the executive management of the corporate purchasing and logistics sector, Andreas Reutter (45), will be responsible for the worldwide coordination and strategic development of the technology and service company’s logistics activities. In this newly created function, Reutter’s tasks will include optimizing the physical logistics processes employed by the Bosch Group to control the internal and external flow of goods. He will also oversee the development and application of standard procedures for the design, planning, and management of logistics processes, including related training and development programs for the 17,000 or so Bosch associates around the world whose work involves dealing with logistics issues.
The creation of this new post was made necessary by the changed conditions, which imposes greater demands on the company’s logistics processes. Contributing factors include the continuing shift in sales and procurement away from established regions and toward new, emerging markets. This change automatically increases the complexity and volatility of the supply chains.
Career stages in the Bosch Group
Joins Robert Bosch GmbH as a director in the corporate logistics department
2003 - 2006
Director logistics at the Automotive Electronics division’s semiconductor and sensor plant in Reutlingen, Germany
2006 - 2013
Various posts in management accounting and finance for different plants and divisions, including responsibility for Corporate Controlling, Planning and Mergers & Acquisitions
Member of the executive management of the corporate purchasing and logistics sector, Robert Bosch GmbH