Hannover. Professor Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, chairs the independent jury that nominates three products for the HERMES AWARD from among the entries. This jury also selects the winner from the three nominees. Selection criteria include technological innovation; benefit to industry, environment and society; cost-effectiveness; and market readiness.
Bettina Stark-Watzinger, German Minister of Education and Research, presents the HERMES AWARD on 29 May 2022 at the HANNOVER MESSE opening ceremony.
Bosch Rexroth won the HERMES AWARD in 2021 for the SVA R2, the world's first electric actuator that controls process valves under water. The device is an energy-efficient and safe alternative to the actuators previously used in offshore oil and gas production. The assembly is self-sufficient with its own fluid circuit and a variable-speed pump drive, which eliminates the need for a central unit and kilometers of conduits and significantly minimizes environmental risks. An SVA R2 requires only a power supply and a data line. A displacement control regulates flow rate according to speed with almost no loss, which simplifies construction and increases energy efficiency.