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Bosch Installs First On-Site U.S. Solar Panels

Proving Ground showcases Solar Energy Group, Rexroth technologies
- Innovative slide-in mounting system enables quick, easy installation

- Anticipated energy generation of 63,400 kilowatt hours per year

- Ground-mount panels span 15,000 square feet

FLAT ROCK, Mich. – Completed last month, Bosch announces the first on-site installation of its ground-mount solar panels in the U.S. Spanning 15,000 square feet of surface area at the Bosch Proving Ground in Flat Rock, Mich., the crystalline silicon and thin film paneling system showcases technologies developed by both Bosch Solar Energy Group, based in Palo Alto, Calif. and Bosch Rexroth Drive and Control Technology, based in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Funded in part through Michigan-based electric utility provider Detroit Edison’s SolarCurrents program, the system is expected to generate 63,400 kilowatt hours per year—nearly enough energy to power eight U.S. homes for 12 months each.

Featuring an innovative slide-in mounting system developed by Bosch Rexroth for frameless thin-film solar modules, the solar panel system offers reduced costs, lowest number of components and half the installation time required by conventional mounting systems. The two businesses are currently exploring further development of the system and its use in framed modules and diverse applications, such as on residential rooftops and in coastal regions, where salt water mist corrosion is an atmospheric consideration.

Selected in fall 2009 as the pilot installation location, the Flat Rock Proving Ground offers the open space necessary for a large number of solar modules and also serves as a convenient showcase for visiting Bosch customers and associates.

“The solar panel installation at Flat Rock is one of many ways that we are leveraging our U.S. resources to further the development of renewable energy technologies. There is a great opportunity for growth in the U.S. solar market and our pilot installation is only the first step in Bosch’s North American alternative energy efforts,” said Peter Marks, chairman, president and CEO, Robert Bosch LLC and member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.

To ensure continued innovation within the renewable energy field, Bosch Research and Technology Center North America, also located in Palo Alto, Calif., in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 3M and DuPont, recently applied for and received $1.6 million in grants by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, Energy. The grant will fund a collaborative two-year project, which will focus on the development of a longer-lasting, cost-effective way to store renewable energy collected from sources such as solar panels for use in off-peak hours.

As a part of Bosch’s corporate social responsibility efforts, the company currently invests 45 percent of its global research and development budget in technologies that help protect the environment and conserve resources.

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 275,000 associates generated sales of $53 billion (38.2 billion euros) in fiscal 2009. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is repre¬sented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than $5 billion (3.5 billion euros) for research and development, and applies for some 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy and healthcare products. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 20,000 associates in more than 70 locations, with reported sales of $7.3 billion in fiscal 2009.

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Solar Panels - December 2010


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