ROBERT BOSCH CENTER FOR POWER ELECTRONICS
Hybrid and electric vehicles and photovoltaic systems for the efficient use of renewable energies require innovative components and circuits. Their development presents growing challenges for power and micro electronics. The Robert Bosch Center for Power Electronics (rbz) was newly established in 2009 to improve and expand research and teaching in a network comprised of the Bosch Group, Reutlingen University and the University of Stuttgart. This unique cooperation is the first of its kind in Germany. It prepares young engineers for the new challenges that lie ahead in developing technology for the electric mobility and renewable energy industries of the future.The research focus of the University of Stuttgart is on components, semi-conductors and drive technology. At Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences the research includes computer-based circuit design, power electronics components and integrated circuits. In order to set up and operate the rbz, the Bosch Group, the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the universities are to invest a total of more than EUR 30 million by 2020 for new academic chairs and infrastructure. At the start of 2013, a new institute was founded at rbzs University of Stuttgart location, in addition to the two existing academic chairs. rbz has its own site in Reutlingen, with lecture rooms and labs on about 1,300 m˝ - excellent conditions for teaching and research.