WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Technische
Universitat Darmstadt, Germany, sponsored by Bosch, won the United States
Department of Energy's third Solar Decathlon held in Washington D.C. from
October 12-19, 2007. The annual competition brought together 20 college and
university teams from across the United States, Canada, Germany, Spain and
Puerto Rico in a competition to design, build and operate the most
attractive, effective and energy-efficient solar-powered house.
The Technische Universitat Darmstadt team presented the German way of
building, showcasing German technologies and materials, including German
oak, in their solar house. The team collaborated with German companies and
manufacturers, including Bosch, which provided three-month internships for
two of the Darmstadt students. The internships provided an opportunity for
students to test how well the systems could provide hot water and climate
control for the house.
"The internship was very interesting because we had experts from Bosch
right next to us, and whenever we had specific questions, we received the
answers we needed very quickly," said Toby Kern, an architecture student
who was part of the winning team.
Lou Vorsteveld, president, Bosch Thermotechnology in the U.S. said,
"Congratulations to Technische Universitat Darmstadt for winning this
prestigious honor from the U.S. Department of Energy. We at Bosch are
committed to developing innovative, renewable energy technologies that save
energy, reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to energy independence, and are
very encouraged to see students demonstrate so innovatively and effectively
how our solar technology solutions can easily be applied in the real
The house will return to Germany to be used as a solar power plant, as
part of the university's project to develop a Solar Campus ("Solare
Lichtwiese"), through which all buildings on campus will be equipped with
building-integrated photovoltaics, feeding electricity into the German
Bosch Thermotechnology is a lead sponsor of the team from the Darmstadt
Technical University in Germany. The Darmstadt team utilizes Buderus solar
thermal flat plate collectors to supply the house with domestic hot water
from the sun. The win follows Bosch's announcement that its Bosch
Thermotechnology division will create Bosch and Buderus branded solar
thermal water heating systems and components for both residential and
commercial customers in the U.S. The final product certification for these
solar thermal water heating systems is nearing completion and products will
be offered by Bosch Thermotechnology Corporation at the beginning of 2008.
Bosch and Buderus solar thermal heating systems use state of the art
technology to effectively capture the sun's energy to heat and store hot
water for residential and commercial applications. The Bosch solar flat
plate collectors utilize innovative absorber plate designs and collector
construction to maximize energy efficiency even on cloudy days. Bosch solar
collectors can be seamlessly integrated with Bosch high efficiency solar
water storage tanks, pump stations and controllers providing contractors
with an intelligent, easy-to-install solar hot water heating solution.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and
services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer
goods, and building technology, some 260,000 associates generated sales of
43.7 billion euros, or $54.7 billion in fiscal year 2006. The Bosch Group
comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 300 subsidiary and regional
companies in over 50 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing,
and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spends more
than three billion euros each year for research and development, and in
2006 applied for over 3,000 patents worldwide. The company was set up in
Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861- 1942) as "Workshop for Precision
Mechanics and Electrical Engineering."
In North America, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive
original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and
mobile products, power tools and accessories, security technology,
thermo-technology, packaging equipment and household appliances. Bosch
employs 24,750 associates in more than 80 primary and 20 associated
facilities throughout the region with reported sales of $8.8 billion in
2006. For more information on the company, visit www.bosch.us.
The Thermotechnology Division is a leading supplier of resource
efficient heating products and hot water solutions in Europe. In fiscal
2006, Bosch Thermotechnology generated sales of approximately 2.8 billion
euros (64 percent outside Germany), or $3.5 billion, and employed approx.
12,900 people. Bosch Thermotechnology has strong international and regional
brands and manufactures a diversified product range in 19 plants in nine
European and North American countries.
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