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Buildings

Buildings

Bosch energy platform

The Bosch energy platform supports companies and real estate owners in systematically reducing their energy consumption:

Buildings account for 40 percent of the world’s energy consumption. With the help of efficient technology and individual energy services, considerable amounts of power, heat, and carbon dioxide can be saved.

For residential buildings, heat generation accounts for the lion’s share of energy consumption. At present, around 75 percent of all installed heating systems in Germany are technically outdated and consume unnecessarily high amounts of energy. Switching to a condensation boiler, especially if is combined with solar arrays, pays off very quickly with high energy savings. Systems based on fuel cell technologies, which can generate power and heat simultaneously, also reduce household energy consumption. If modern Bosch heating technology were used across the board in Germany, some 50 million tons of CO2 could be saved – this is equal to about a third of CO2 emissions resulting from road traffic in Germany.

The intelligent networking of energy production and consumption with the help of MEMs sensors is giving rise to additional savings potential. These sensors can measure the temperature and humidity of a room and send the data to the homeowner via the internet or a smart phone app. Homeowners can then regulate their heating systems based on these data updates. In the future, a growing number of objects and devices will become automated helpers for energy savings.

In commercial buildings, the smart networking of energy systems already has significant energy-saving. Among other things, Bosch offers its industrial customers highly efficient equipment for cogeneration, as well as OCR systems that turn waste heat into electricity. In addition to this, Bosch engineers at the Bosch Energy and Building Solutions subsidiary (BEBS) are leveraging the hidden energy savings potential they have found over the course of a systematic energy efficiency analysis. For instance, they discovered that waste heat production can, in many areas, be fed into the heat cycle. With comparable measures, companies can save about 20 percent more energy on average.