Bosch Sponsored Team Takes Top Honors at Solar Decathlon

Oct 25, 2007, 01:00 ET from Robert Bosch LLC

    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
 power grid.
     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
     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.
     For Information:
     Kyle Murray
     BBT North America Corp

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