Securing Tomorrow through Energy Efficiency

As we move into a state of energy supply based on renewable energy sources, energy efficiency will increasingly play a critical role

PictographAs the world’s third largest economy, in terms of purchasing power parity, and the fourth largest consumer of energy, India is poised to grow into a socio-economic giant with a massive energy demand in the future. Satisfying this ceaseless demand for energy has become a topic for both the MNRE and the State Government, as they are exploring ways to implement and ensure effective execution of energy conservation policies.

Globally, reports indicate that the demand for electricity is likely to increase several manifold (by more than two-thirds) from 2011-2035. Furthermore, the share of global electricity supply provided by renewable energy sources is likely to rise by 30 percent by 2035. The remaining 70 percent will have to be met through conventional sources of energy. Such findings certainly ring alarm bells as these resources are finite, and they come at a cost which will progressively increase in the future, and above all, the impact of their use is climate-damaging.

These figures highlight the need for energy efficiency and conservation considering the several investment decisions we, as a society, take on a daily basis. India has primarily focused on generating more energy rather than focusing on conservation, whereas Bosch’s strategy has been to focus on energy efficiency by redesigning power generation.

As we move into a state of energy supply based on renewable energy sources, energy efficiency will increasingly play a critical role.

Most products that are used on a day-to-day basis, such as cars, televisions and fridges, need to be manufactured daily to meet the consumption requirement, we need a way where energy can be saved smartly and efficiently. India’s energy deficit cannot be accomplished without due focus onenergy efficiency. This is where technology comes to play. Advanced technology is the keystone to any energy efficiency strategy. We, at Bosch, use the latest technologies in implementing solutions at using renewable energy and energy efficiency. Using in-house developed and patented software to track and manage energy consumption, Bosch leads the way in providing energy efficiency solutions.

Buildings account for nearly 40 percent of today’s global energy demand. For this reason alone, we need to improve the efficiency of existing buildings, apart from developing innovative designs for new buildings. With modern heating technology, like hot-water boilers and control systems, we can save a lot of energy. In commercial buildings, we see huge possibilities by involving external service providers to offer overall management services. By creating Bosch Energy and Building Solutions, a unit specializing in integrated concepts for commercial buildings, we look to transform the experience we have gained with our own buildings into a business opportunity.

Bosch’s energy efficiency division provides holistic solutions and services to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy related costs using the latest technological innovations. The division offers services through a sequence of steps starting with an audit to study the present energy consumption pattern and forecast the future energy demand followed by implementation of systemsand technologies to optimize the energy consumption; along with monitoring systems to aid supervision of energy consumption and maintenance of energy efficiency technologies. These technologies can be implemented in any real estate, regardless of size or complexity of the building.

By using the energy platform, customers can monitor and optimize their energy usage through four modules which are customizable to target individual requirements. The platform’s four modules, namely the cockpit, the operator, the analyzer and the optimizer help you understand current consumption patterns, designate optimum consumption patterns for different units, analyze consumption patterns along with cost designations to create an energy balance and fashion rules for managing energy consumption respectively. This technology greatly improves energy efficiency in buildings and showcases the costs saved through the process.

PictographThe energy efficiency division also offers solutions such as ‘Climate Technology’ for HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) applications which uses a Bosch patented software called the Bauer Optimierungstechnik or ‘BAOPT’ for short; to optimize cooling and air flow within the confines of rooms in a building. Using sensors and BAOPT in conjunction, we provide solutions to uniformly cool rooms and maintain a consistent temperature within.

PictographThe ‘Heat Pump’; another of energy efficiency solution, provides heating solutions using the reverse carnot cycle to use excess or waste heat for other purposes such as water heating. This technology can also be used as a combined heat pump; using biomass or non-conventional fuels, to increase efficiency of energy generation and realize reduced energy costs.

At Bosch, we offer our customers the latest technological innovations that help them manage their energy consumption and work towards energy efficiency, while implementing some of these energy efficiency technologies within Bosch itself.

Another example from the pages of Bosch’s own experience is on how energy consumption could be reduced from the middle of the value-chain – folding presses are used to bend housings for appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines. Our Drive and Control Technology division has developed a “Rexroth for Energy Efficiency” program, or 4EE for short, which allows industrial systems to be optimized by means of integrated energy system design, efficient components, energy recovery and storage, and energy on demand. A folding press consumes 44 percent less energy with use of 4EE systematic approach. We use this approach to address all processes in the value-added chain, and in the case of the housings, from the production of the metal to the final spray of paint.

Over the years, battery technology has developed rapidly. Today, nearly all power tools can be operated with a battery. For many years now, Bosch has been a decisive factor in furthering battery technology due to its clear customer orientation and constant innovation. Lithium-Ion technology famously used in mobile phones, laptops and cameras has now also reached cordless power tools. However, not all Lithium-Ion technologies are similar. Bosch uses this new technology in a particularly effective way. The innovative Bosch Lithium-Ion batteries, for the new blue professional cordless tools, last up to four times longer than comparable Lithium-Ion batteries from other manufacturers.

Home to the second largest R&D unit outside Germany with over 10,500 engineers, our engineers in India are constantly striving to develop technologies that protect the environment and conserve resources. At Bosch India, we actively foster an innovation mindset that is globally part of the Bosch-DNA.

Published in Energetica (June, 2015)

About the author

Venugopalan

Venugopalan

Head, Energy business, Bosch India
Mr. CM Venugopalan is currently the head of Bosch India’s Energy business. He joined the Group in April 1999 and has since held various managerial positions in corporate and technical areas of Bosch in India and Germany. Mr. Venugopalan is a member of Indian chapter of ACATECH, the German science & technology forum. Prior to joining Bosch, he was associated with Defence establishments in many positions for 9 years. He holds a Masters in Software systems from BITS Pilani and has done Executive General Management Program from IIM-B.

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