Borsch not only manufactures products that contribute to the making of renewable energies; over the last few years, they have also taken the initiative to build “green” and engage in projects that forward the industry’s effort to become more energy-efficient across the board. Here’s a look at how the company is tackling energy-efficiency in manufacturing.

Bosch produces and sells parts that support renewable energy

You may or may not know that manufacturer and retailer Bosch, named Partner of the Year by ENERGY STAR, produces a wide range of energy-efficient equipment used for applications throughout the home, and around the world. In 2007, 40% of Bosch patent applications were, in fact, aimed at protecting the environment and conserving resources. BSH (Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH), a European division of the company, even launched a “Super Efficiency Portfolio” featuring its most efficient appliances, all of which meet the EU energy label and account for 15% of the group’s total European sales.

What may be better known to members of the industrial sector is the fact that Bosch, including subsidiaries like Bosch Rexroth and Bosch Thermotechnology, produce wind turbines, solar thermal systems and collectors aimed at increasing the use of renewable energies and reducing the world’s dependency on fossil fuels. BizEnergy readers will be interested to learn that over the course of the next few years, Bosch plans to expand its development in thermotechnology for application in a commercial and industrial environment. Bosch Thermotechnology is already working towards creating energy-saving ways for buildings to heat up and cool down by improving the efficiency of heating appliances and combining fossil fuels and renewables; it’s not perfect, but it’s a start.

Putting their money, where their manufacturing is

Bosch is not only manufacturing products designed to help forward the development of renewable energies; they’re also focusing efforts on building “greener” facilities at home. In 2008, Bosch set the target of reducing carbon emissions at all manufacturing sites and improving efficiency by 20% by 2020, using 2007 as a baseline. At the company’s manufacturing facility in Homburg, Germany, energy experts (from Bosch) have made efforts to optimize consumption of the energy-intensive cleaning system, an initiative which earned the company the “Idea of the Year” award at the Deutscher Ideen Preis contest last year.

Pursuing energy-efficient greatness in industrial design

Last but not least, Borsch also works hand in hand with researchers in the field of efficiency to uncover just how much industrial manufacturing facilities are able to cut down on energy-consumption, and eventually costs. Most recently, AZoCleantech reports that the company has partnered with the “eta factory”, a project of the Technical University of Darmstadt better known as the “Energy-efficient factory for interdisciplinary technology and application research.” The partnership was based on a study taking place that set out to discover whether or not the energy-saving potential of an industrial factory could exceed 40%. The goal of the study is to reduce and improve energy consumption and industrial production using a model factory wherein they can test efficiency opportunities during everyday conditions.

You can see (no audio) a tour of the eta factory here:

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