Bosch has awarded six energy research grants at five top U.S. universities reinforcing the company’s global investment in sustainable energy usage.
Following a competitive grant selection process in 2015, the Bosch Energy Research Network (BERN) provided six seed-funding grants to faculty at five top U.S. universities. By 2021, the company will have invested about 50 million euros to support universities and research programs focused on the environment, energy and mobility in Germany, China, India and the U.S.
Following a two-stage competitive grant selection process, Bosch chose six proposals— on topics of combustion, energy conversion, energy storage and energy usage efficiency/smart grid— to receive two-year grants of up to $150,000 per year. The selected proposals are
* Stable interfacial modification of lithium-metal anodes. Principal Investigator: Professor Yi Cui, Stanford University.
* Research to enable natural gas-fueled, direct injection, auto-igniting diesel- style combustion engines for heavy-duty transportation. Principal Investigator: Professor Christopher Edwards, Stanford University.
* In silicon design of advanced materials for high-energy density electrochemical devices. Principal Investigators: Professor William Goddard and Dr. Boris Merinov, California Institute of Technology.
*Toward next-generation, all solid-state lithium-ion batteries. Principal Investigators: Richard Laine and Jeff Sakamoto, University of Michigan.
*High-performance solid electrolytes for batteries. Principal Investigator: Professor Jeffrey Long, University of California at Berkeley.
* A software platform for demand-side energy management. Principal Investigators: Professors Anthony Rowe and Mario Berges, Carnegie Mellon University.
“With the tagline of ‘Invented for life,’ Bosch is dedicated to the responsible usage of energy and stewardship of the environment,” said Jiri Marek, senior VP, Bosch Research and Technology Center— North America. “BERN provides us with opportunities to partner with leading universities to strengthen research efforts, build relationships with top faculty who are researching energy topics, and attract the best engineering talent.”