Robert Bosch LLC is continuing its commitment to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and sustainability by supporting six university teams that are participating in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO, a sustainable home-building contest, to be held Oct. 3-6 and Oct. 10-13, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.
Bosch provided six teams with numerous sustainable technologies, including energy-efficient home appliances, heating and cooling technology, and power tools, to assist in achieving maximum operating efficiency within the homes. Bosch is also supporting the event by exhibiting and demonstrating a variety of innovative products at the XPO’s Innovation Pavilion and participating in the Great Park Powerful Ideas Symposium. In addition, the Bosch Community Fund has collaborated on the nationally ranked Discovery Science Center Children’s Solar Exhibit.
The Solar Decathlon is an award-winning competition that brings together 19 U.S. collegiate teams to compete in designing, building and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar-powered home.
In nearly all of its business units, Bosch is working on technologies and services to help customers be more energy efficient. In fact, Bosch generates more than 40 percent of its sales with these capabilities that protect the environment and conserve resources.
This is the fourth U.S. Solar Decathlon competition that Bosch has supported. This year, five divisions, including BSH Home Appliances Corporation, Bosch Thermotechnology, Bosch Power Tools, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions and Bosch Solar Energy, are supplying various technologies to six student teams.
Bosch provided technologies to the following teams’ homes:
- Stanford University presenting Start.Home
- Santa Clara University presenting Radiant House
- University of Southern California presenting fluxHome
- Southern California Institute of Architecture along with California Institute of Technology presenting the Dynamic Augmented Living Environment (DALE)
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte presenting UrbanEden
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas, presenting DesertSol
BSH Home Appliances Corporation provided energy-efficient home appliances for use in several Solar Decathlon homes. Bosch home appliances’ strong commitment to the environment – from green manufacturing to efficient appliance performance – has resulted in its being the recipient of the 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence award for continued leadership in energy efficiency. Bosch home appliances is proud to be ENERGY STAR-rated across its entire line of dishwashers, washing machines and select refrigeration models.
In addition, Bosch Thermotechnology has provided ENERGY STAR-rated solar thermal systems and heat pump water heaters for HVAC solutions that achieve both indoor comfort and efficient water heating for homes.
And, Bosch Power Tools provided a variety of its innovative tools, which students used to build their sustainable homes.
And, the wireless connectivity research group at the Bosch Research and Technology Center North America provided the Stanford University team with a prototype wireless sensor network, consisting of a set of 17 wireless sensor modules that allow real-time monitoring of temperature, humidity and lighting levels at multiple points inside the house, with smart control algorithms designed by the Stanford team allowing for a smarter, more energy-efficient home.
At the Great Park Powerful Ideas Symposium during the XPO, Mark Stimson, business development manager, Bosch Thermotechnology North America, in his presentation, “Reinventing Energy Efficiency,” will discuss net-zero applications for residential and commercial buildings, which promote energy-efficient cost-effective living and provide a clean environment with nearly zero emissions.