Breaking down Silos with STEM
E: An Ever-Evolving Engineering Effort
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Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) provide the building blocks of the connected technologies that are shaping our homes, workplaces, lives and above all, our future. In the third part of a series focussing on the letters that make up STEM, we take a look at E for Engineering to see how it helps us work towards a more sustainable future.
Energy. Connected and systematic solutions to increase safety, comfort and efficiency in relation to people and the environment in buildings lies at the heart of Bosch’s Energy and Building Solutions sector. The business serves around 100,000 customers worldwide and covers more than 60 regional offices with 4,000 associates. Research suggests that around 30 percent of energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. In turn, Bosch helps customers increase their buildings’ long-term energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprints by providing customised system solutions, services and modern technology such as The Bosch Energy Platform; a cloud-based software suite that captures and analyses energy by processing data on energy consumption.
eBike. Another area where energy saving and engineering come together is in the electrification of the bicycle. All Bosch eBike models comprise of a drive unit, rechargeable battery and board computer, with varying assistance and peddle power, which makes the bike agile and convenient for differing uses. Since the first bicycle was introduced in 1817, generations of engineering expertise have gone into enhancing the safety, comfort, usability and efficiency of this most flexible mode of transport. Now, the eBike is emerging to play a key role in urban and sustainable mobility, with the technology optimised to enhance the riding experience, while delivering key data such as performance tracking and optimised route calculation.
Electronics. Every new vehicle has an average of nine Bosch chips on board. These chips are core components of electrical systems in today’s modern world, including those in vehicles. Bosch’s Automotive Electronics division have been making semiconductors for more than 45 years, making Bosch today is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chips for mobility applications. Bosch’s current semiconductor portfolio also focuses on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), or otherwise known as the sensory organs of modern vehicles. They supply a vehicle’s ECUs (Electronic Control Units) with important information regarding its handling, such as if the vehicle is braking or accelerating, or if it is skidding on a smooth road surface. The ESP (Electronic Stability Program) technology in the vehicle uses this information to keeps cars, trucks, and even motorcycles safely on track and in their lanes.
Efficiency. Efficiency is the result of engineering. The technologies we develop can have a huge impact on a global scale, build a better future through cleaner and more sustainable solutions. This is reflected in our slogan, ‘Invented For Life’. From the technology integrated into our home appliances, through to the mobility research projects we participate in, energy efficiency and environmental impact are key considerations.