MIT Energy Initiative & Bosch Announce Collaboration; Research To focus On Energy Conversion, Storage

June 29, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), and Bosch have announced a new energy research collaboration aimed at exploring new materials and concepts for efficient energy-conversion and energy-storage systems. With the collaboration, Bosch becomes a Sustaining Member of the MITEI, which was formally established in November 2006 to address global energy issues.

"We are extremely excited about this new collaboration with one of the world’s truly unique corporations," said Professor Ernest Moniz, Director of MITEI. "Bosch is both a diversified technology company and a major contributor to global humanitarian causes. Much of its technology development is focused on improving the environment. We hope that the pairing of Bosch’s global reach and commitment with the expertise of MIT’s faculty and researchers will help meet the world’s energy and environmental challenges and contribute to a clean, affordable energy future."

As a Sustaining Member, Bosch will contribute five million dollars to MITEI over a five-year period which will fund a research portfolio at the Institute focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy research projects. In addition, Bosch will have a seat on the MITEI governing board. The board will have a significant influence on shaping the initiative’s future research portfolio. As a Sustaining Member of MITEI, Bosch will support 10 "Bosch-MIT Energy Fellows," graduate students who will do research in various energy disciplines.

"The dedication of Bosch to sustainable growth, ecology, and a secure future is reflected in this collaboration with MIT," said Dr. Klaus Dieterich, President of the Bosch Corporate Sector Research and Advance Development. "We are glad to have this opportunity to support and collaborate with MITEI in shaping the future in such a crucial area. Through this collaboration, as well as at Bosch, we will accelerate the development and deployment of new technologies that address the ecological concerns of a global society."

The MITEI-Bosch collaboration will focus on three areas: the atomistic modeling and computational search for new materials in electrochemical energy storage and electromechanical actuation, nano-structured thermoelectric materials for residential heat and electricity co-generation, and thin-film solar cells.