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U.S. Rep. Gary Peters Helps Announce More Than $2.7 Million Federal Grant to Bosch

Investment in fuel efficiency research will strengthen our local auto economy
Farmington Hills, Mich. - Today U.S. Rep. Gary Peters helped announce an Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Vehicle Technology grant of $2,750,000 to a consortium led by Robert Bosch LLC in Farmington Hills.

“I’m proud to help announce $2.7 million in federal funding to help Bosch keep innovating our way toward a more fuel efficient automotive future,” said U.S. Rep. Gary Peters. “As we continue working together to strengthen our economy, funding for programs like this are crucial to ensure that the 21st century jobs of the future are created right here in the Greater Detroit Region.”

According to Sujit Jain, president of the Gasoline Systems Division, Robert Bosch LLC: “We are pleased that the Department of Energy has selected Bosch to lead this collaborative effort to solve the technical challenges associated with highly efficient combustion concepts and we are committed to even further improvements in the transportation sector. As a company whose hallmark is innovation, this funding is critically important. It demonstrates the continuation of the work that Bosch and its partners have established with the Department of Energy to advance a variety of fuel-saving, energy-efficient technologies.”

With these funds, Bosch, in collaboration with Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will develop an oxygen sensor which directly and accurately measures the oxygen concentration in the intake manifold, affording vehicle manufacturers the ability to determine the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) percentage to a level of accuracy currently not possible. Accurate EGR measurement and resultant finer control is an enabler for advanced combustion regimes and improves engine efficiency, reduces fuel consumption, and maintains or reduces exhaust emission for conventional engines.

This grant comes as part of the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicles Technology program. The agency selected three projects in Michigan, New Mexico and California to receive grants for a total investment of $1 million this year and $5.2 million in FY13 focused on increasing the efficiency of engines and powertrain systems for future highway transportation vehicles. These projects will focus on innovations that achieve breakthrough thermal efficiencies while meeting federal emission standards for passenger vehicles - cars and light trucks - as well as commercial vehicles, including long-haul tractor trailers. Funded through DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), these projects will advance technologies for engines and powertrains that will help automakers and truck engine manufacturers achieve higher efficiencies than ever before, while meeting or exceeding the vehicle fuel economy standards intended to help reduce U.S. demand for oil imports and save consumers money at the pump.

Gary Peters DOE Grant - September 2012


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