California Energy Commission Awards Bosch-led Team $2.8 Million for Commercial-scale Energy Grid

The California Energy Commission recently announced a proposed award to Robert Bosch, LLC, a NASEO affiliate, for $2,817,566 for a renewable-based microgrid, which will demonstrate the effectiveness of its Direct-Current Building-Scale Microgrid Platform (Bosch DC microgrid) in an American Honda Motor Co., Inc., parts distribution center.

The Bosch DC microgrid project will provide a low-cost, highly energy-efficient solution in which the DC microgrid connects rooftop solar PV arrays to energy-efficient DC lighting, DC ventilation and DC energy storage systems on a 380-volt DC bus to form a DC building grid. The approach allows commercial buildings to become zero-net-energy users in a cost-effective manner.

“We are confident the Bosch DC microgrid system will contribute to California’s carbon reduction and energy efficiency goals by increasing the reliability and utilization of distributed renewable energy and improving the energy efficiency of state-of-the-art technologies – such as LED lighting paired with advanced lighting controls, motors with variable frequency drives and energy storage systems – by operating them on DC power,” said Oliver Steinig, vice president of business development for Robert Bosch LLC. “This will reduce installation costs and lower operating costs, while increasing reliability and quality of the power provided to building loads.”

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Date Posted: 4/9/2015