Can you name the manufacturing giant that produces solar energy technology, wind energy technology, biomass technology, high-speed trains, smart grid technology, building energy management technology, electric bus technology, and light rail and tram technology?
This cleantech monster was the 2013 Zayed Future Energy Prize winner of the “Large Corporation” category. Ah, now you know! The company is Siemens. Books could be written about its cleantech leadership. I will just highlight a few things in this article.
Electric vehicles are all the rage, as electric car sales are growing exponentially. But most vehicles were electric approximately 100 years ago, and some types of vehicles actually lived through the gas trend while remaining electric, such as trams. Siemens has been involved in this technology as long as it has been around. It has been building electric trams for over 130 years! “With our comprehensive expertise, we have repeatedly made crucial advances in this technology,” Siemens writes.
However, it's worth highlighting how extensively Siemens is involved in rail solutions. Aside from trams, Siemens builds light-rail trains, commuter and regional trains, passenger coaches, automated people movers, train components and systems, rail automation technology, rail electrification technology, and rail maintenance services. Basically, everything connected to clean rail. If there’s a company Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon would want to work for, I think it would be Siemens.
Stepping away from rail, Siemens is also one of the world’s top wind turbine manufacturers. “Driving down the cost of wind power is our key target,” Siemens writes on its wind energy page. “Our platform strategy for onshore, coastal and offshore wind power plants is fundamental to this approach. With innovations in blade design and generator technology, we boost efficiency. At the same time, systematic modularization allows us to streamline the entire manufacturing and installation process.” Here are some cool videos regarding Siemens’ wind energy technology:
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