A consortium led by Farmington Hills-based Robert Bosch LLC has received a $2.7 million federal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Vehicle Technology grant.
U.S. Rep. Gary Peters in a statement released Wednesday said the grant will "help Bosch keep innovating our way toward a more fuel efficient automotive future. As we continue working together to strengthen our economy, funding for programs like this are crucial to ensure that the 21st century jobs of the future are created right here in the Greater Detroit region.”
Sujit Jain, president of Bosch's Gasoline Systems Division, said the company is pleased that the Department of Energy has selected Bosch to lead the collaborative effort, which aims to solve the technical challenges associated with highly efficient combustion concepts.
"We are committed to even further improvements in the transportation sector," he said. "As a company whose hallmark is innovation, this funding is critically important. It demonstrates the continuation of the work that Bosch and its partners have established with the Department of Energy to advance a variety of fuel-saving, energy-efficient technologies.”
The statement indicated that Bosch will work with Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop an oxygen sensor that directly and accurately measures the oxygen concentration in a vehicle's intake manifold. This gives vehicle manufacturers the ability to determine the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) percentage to a level of accuracy currently not possible.
Accurate EGR measurement and resultant finer control is an enabler for advanced combustion regimes and improves engine efficiency, reduces fuel consumption, and maintains or reduces exhaust emission for conventional engines.
The Department of Energy selected three projects in Michigan, New Mexico and California to receive grants for a total investment of $1 million this year and $5.2 million in FY13 focused on increasing the efficiency of engines and powertrain systems for future highway transportation vehicles. These projects will focus on innovations that achieve breakthrough thermal efficiencies, while meeting federal emission standards for cars and light trucks, as well as commercial vehicles, including long-haul tractor trailers.
Source: U.S. Rep. Gary Peters office press release