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Bosch hydrogen offensive: energy security, climate protection in industry and transport

New Bosch technologies for the hydrogen economy

  • Bosch is working intensively to develop the hydrogen economy of the future. Hydrogen based on water splitting could be a key element of long-term energy security
  • In the field of climate-friendly transport, Bosch Rexroth, in partnership with Maximator Hydrogen, plans to build 4,000 hydrogen filling stations worldwide by 2030, so that one in three hydrogen filling stations would be equipped by Bosch components
  • The company is creating security of industrial energy supply by installing decentralized, on-site hydrogen-based fuel cell micro-power plants
  • Bosch is developing solutions not only for the use of hydrogen, but also for the production of hydrogen. The company could invest up to 500 million euros in the production of components for electrolyzers by the end of the decade
  • In a pioneering example of industrial use, the first complete hydrogen cycle to supply factories with carbon-neutral energy is already in operation at a Bosch factory
Bosch hydrogen offensive: energy security, climate protection in industry and transport

Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch is working intensively to develop a hydrogen-based economy, actively supporting the transition to alternative energies with its experience in the production of sustainable technologies on an industrial scale. "On the path to a climate-neutral future, we have to make it possible for energy-intensive industries to shift to renewables. Hydrogen will be a key element in security of supply," said Rolf Najork, member of the Bosch board of management. Bosch offers hydrogen technologies in various sectors: developing mobile and stationary fuel cells, equipping hydrogen filling stations with compressors and entering the hydrogen production market. The aim is to use hydrogen-based technologies in everyday industrial practice.

Hydrogen filling stations from Bosch 
Bosch Rexroth has developed a joint solution with Maximator Hydrogen for hydrogen compression processes for hydrogen filling stations, storage tanks and pipelines. Bosch aims to make this technology available for around 4,000 hydrogen filling stations by 2030, so that one in three hydrogen filling stations worldwide would be equipped by Bosch components. Bosch and Maximator Hydrogen are helping considerably to make the everyday use of green hydrogen economical – in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, buses and trains. "Industry is paving the way towards a climate-neutral future, and Bosch industrial technology will deliver key components for this environmentally friendly transformation," explains Rolf Najork, the company’s manufacturing technology chief.

Fuel cell micro-power plants for energy security
The global energy demand of industry is increasing, and one of the main challenges is the fluctuating availability of renewable energy. This is where stationary solid oxide fuel cells can help a lot. These are essentially decentralized micro-power plants that can be flexibly deployed where the energy is actually consumed, which makes them ideal for efficiently supplying power for industry. More than 50 stationary Bosch fuel cells are now in operation at various industrial sites, with series production scheduled to start in 2024.

Bosch is also getting involved in hydrogen production
In the future, Bosch intends to supply not only the technology for compressing hydrogen and converting it into electricity, but also to be involved in the production of hydrogen. To this end, the company is investing around 500 million euros in the development of components for electrolyzers by the end of the decade. These units use electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen during electrolysis. Provided the electricity used comes from renewables, the end product is green hydrogen. 

Carbon neutral production: the first full hydrogen cycle at Bosch is already in operation
A hydrogen cycle is already in operation at Bosch's own plant in Homburg, Germany, and this solution will be used in future factories. The hydrogen cycle uses renewable energy to produce green hydrogen using an electrolyzer. The green hydrogen is used for manufacturing processes and, also using Bosch technology, compressed hydrogen is used to refuel fuel cell vehicles. Bosch aims to systematically reduce the energy consumption of its factories and to produce most of this energy from renewable energy sources in the future.

Tags: Bosch, hydrogen production, hydrogen electrolysis, green hydrogen, fuel, climate action, sustainability, industry 4.0, production, logistics

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