Bosch Takes the Wheel in Sustainable Energy Solutions at CES 2024

At CES 2024, Bosch reveals advancements in electrification for mobility and homes, with a spotlight on silicon carbide chips and automated valet charging. The company also underscores the pivotal role of hydrogen in achieving global energy needs sustainably, investing extensively in its development across various applications.

Dr. Tanja Rückert, member of the Bosch board of management, at CES 2024
Dr. Tanja Rückert, member of the Bosch board of management, at CES 2024

Bosch Unveils Sustainable Energy Solutions at CES 2024, Embracing Electrification and Hydrogen

Las Vegas, NV, USA – In a bid to revolutionize energy use and address the escalating global energy consumption, Bosch is showcasing its commitment to sustainable energy solutions at the CES 2024 in Las Vegas. Tanja Rückert, a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, emphasized the importance of rethinking energy use with a two-pronged approach: electrification and hydrogen. With a focus on electrification and hydrogen, Bosch aims to not only enhance convenience but also contribute to a climate-neutral future.

Electrification: Driving Towards a Greener Tomorrow

The company is already a key player in the electromobility sector, offering a comprehensive range of solutions from chips and electric motors to charging stations.

Automated Valet Charging: A Game-Changer

A standout innovation presented at CES is Bosch’s automated valet charging, earning recognition as a CES® 2024 Innovation Award honoree.

Automated Valet Charging
Automated Valet Charging

This technology enables electric cars to autonomously navigate to designated charging spots in equipped parking garages. With the touch of a button on a smartphone, a robotic arm takes over the charging process, enhancing both convenience and acceptance of electromobility.

Automated Valet Charging
Automated Valet Charging

Silicon Carbide (SiC) Chips: Extending Driving Range

Addressing the increasing demand for semiconductors, Bosch is investing in silicon carbide (SiC) chips. Produced at facilities in Germany and California, these chips significantly reduce energy losses in electric cars, making charging more efficient with up to 50 percent lower energy losses and extending driving range by up to 6 percent compared to traditional silicon-based chips.

Power Semiconductor
Power Semiconductor

IDS Ultra Heat Pump: Defying Cold Temperatures

Bosch is extending its sustainable solutions to homes, optimizing energy consumption and reducing costs.

For North American consumers facing colder climates, Bosch introduces the IDS Ultra Heat Pump, capable of providing 100 percent heating capacity in temperatures as low as minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit. This presents an attractive alternative for those considering a shift from fossil fuel-based heating systems to electrified options. Additionally, Bosch introduces its most efficient water heater, combining electric storage and heat pump technology for superior efficiency.

IDS Ultra Heat Pump
IDS Ultra Heat Pump

Bosch’s commitment to an electrified home is evident in its latest generation of home appliances. The introduction of the “MySchedule” function in dishwashers allows users to automatically schedule wash cycles during periods of lower electricity prices or when green electricity is available.

MySchedule App 800 Home Connect
MySchedule App 800 Home Connect

AMPShare Power Tool Battery Platform Expansion

Addressing the needs of professionals, Bosch announces additional partners (over 30 global partners) for its AMPShare power tool battery platform at CES 2024. This cross-brand battery system facilitates flexibility for industry professionals, enabling them to use different brands of professional tools without changing the battery.

Hydrogen Engine: A Carbon-Neutral Power Source

While electrification is crucial, Bosch recognizes the significance of hydrogen in meeting global energy demands efficiently. Bosch is heavily investing in hydrogen technologies, particularly the mobile fuel cell. This fuel cell, now in volume production in Stuttgart, forms the heart of the powertrain system for heavy vehicles, with orders already pouring in from truck manufacturers in Europe, the U.S., and China.

Manufacturing of the Fuel Cell Power Module (FCPM) in the Feuerbach plant
Manufacturing of the Fuel Cell Power Module (FCPM) in the Feuerbach plant

Furthermore, Bosch is developing components for a hydrogen engine that directly converts fuel into energy, offering a practically carbon-neutral solution when powered by green hydrogen. The debut of the H2 engine is anticipated this year, marking another milestone in Bosch’s hydrogen endeavors.

Globally, countries and industries are embracing hydrogen technologies. In the U.S., the government’s commitment to invest $7 billion in hydrogen hubs aligns with Bosch’s goal of contributing expertise to establish a hydrogen infrastructure in North America.

Software-Defined Mobility: A Digital Future

Bosch is embracing digitalization across its divisions, with a focus on software-defined mobility. The company boasts over 44,000 associates dedicated to software development.

Collaboration with Amazon Web Services

At CES 2024, Bosch is showcasing products developed in collaboration with strategic partner Amazon Web Services. These include a fully automatic connected espresso machine and a point-of-interest assistant that enhances in-car experiences, demonstrating Bosch’s commitment to software-defined mobility.

Mobility Services for Extended Vehicle Life

Bosch introduces two new mobility services – Usage Certificate To Go and Vehicle Health Service. These services, coupled with Battery in the Cloud features, analyze battery data to optimize service life by up to 20 percent and prevent breakdowns for fleet operators.

Digital Solutions for Energy Efficiency

In the building sector, Bosch offers digital services such as the “Nexospace Energy Manager,” helping customers analyze and optimize energy consumption. International supermarket chain REWE achieved up to a 20 percent reduction in energy consumption across more than 2,000 stores with Bosch’s digital energy management solutions.

Decarbonize Industries: A Green Manufacturing Approach

Bosch’s collaboration with a partner has led to the development of “Decarbonize Industries,” an AI-supported software-based service. Aimed at manufacturing companies, this service helps reduce carbon footprint and achieve substantial cost savings through increased efficiency.

Bosch’s presence at CES 2024 showcases its dedication to sustainable energy solutions, spanning electrification, hydrogen, and digitalization. As the world grapples with the challenges of climate change and increasing energy demands, Bosch emerges as a driving force in reshaping the future of mobility, homes, and industries.

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