A Sustainable Future
Siemens is focused on the major challenges facing society due to demographic change, urbanisation, climate change and globalisation and with these challenges in mind Siemens is committed to providing technology for a sustainable future.
Siemens portfolio offers technology solutions focused on preventative healthcare, world standard infrastructure, creating highly productive industries and a modernised energy matrix that offers sustainable and reliable energy sources.
Creating South Australia's largest wind farm
As a global leader in building and servicing large scale wind farms, Siemens is constructing South Australia's largest wind farm, Snowtown II.
TrustPower, a listed New Zealand electricity company, awarded Siemens the contract to engineer, procure, construct and maintain a full turnkey solution for 90 wind turbines including the substation, switchgear and transformers to connect the wind farm into the grid.
Official work began on the project in late October 2012, with the wind farm due to be fully operational by 2014.
The wind farm will use, for the first time in Australia, Siemens world-leading gearless-drive wind turbine technology. Once completed the wind farm will be capable of generating 270 megawatts of renewable energy and powering approximately 180,000 South Australian homes.
"This wind farm takes renewable energy generation in Australia to the next level. The rotor blades are superior – cast in one-piece they are structurally and aerodynamically best suited for strong wind conditions.
"This combined with the world's most efficient gearless direct-drive wind technology, will deliver a wind farm amongst the most technically-advanced and most economically efficient in Australia," says CEO and Managing Director of Siemens Ltd Australia, Jeff Connolly.
Harnessing Wellington's windy conditions to generate energy
Siemens supplied, installed and commissioned the wind turbines for New Zealand's West Wind wind farm, one of the best performing wind farms in the world.
The partnership between Siemens and Meridian Energy saw 62 Siemens 2.3 megawatt wind turbines erected, which were chosen for their durability and ability to withstand the site's harsh conditions.
The location of the wind farm is ideal as the funnelling effect of weather conditions from Cook Strait into the Wellington region provides consistent and exceptional wind speeds.
West Wind generates enough electricity to sustainably power 70,000 average New Zealand home. The wind farm has a capacity factor of more than 46 percent, exceeding the world average of 30 percent.
The project which was delivered two months ahead of schedule in November 2009 highlights the benefits of effective planning and an effective partnership between Siemens and Meridian Energy.
Looking to the future with low emission coal technology
Due to a rising population and a large industry and mining presence, Queensland required additional power generation to meet increasing energy demand. The Kogan Creek power station was opened in 2007 to help meet these energy needs.
The 750 megawatt baseload power station owned by CS Energy has been recognised as the benchmark for coal-fired electricity generation in Australia due to its environmental credentials, overall efficiency and innovative design.
Siemens, along with Hitachi, was contracted by CS Energy to engineer and construct the 750 MW Kogan Creek Power Station and additional supporting infrastructure. As consortium leader, Siemens was responsible for 70 percent of the Kogan Creek project including the steam turbine generator set, station control system, and electrical systems.
Siemens delivered an energy and water-efficient solution that would help meet Queensland's ongoing energy needs. Siemens installed an air-cooled condenser (ACC) which resulted in Kogan Creek using 90 percent less water than a conventional wet-cooled power station due to the dry-cooling technology used. Additionally, the dry-cooling technology along with other efficiency measures also reduces the production of greenhouse gasses.
Siemens technology assists Monash University in healthy ageing research
A $17 million 'healthy ageing' research facility located at Monash University was opened in May 2012. The Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) will drive world-first research into the early detection of cardiac disease using Siemens ultra-sensitive biomedical imaging equipment.
The facility features state-of-the-art Siemens equipment, including pre-clinical and clinical scanners, which are pivotal in assessing how imaging can detect plaque formation in the carotid arteries of elderly patients.
The MBI facility provides coordinated access and operational support to biomedical imaging infrastructure, as well as research training and advanced technological development in close collaboration with researchers and industry partners including Siemens.
"There is a significant shift in medical research towards the use of highly advanced body imaging which literally provides clinicians with a virtual 3D replica of the cardiovascular system, to detect and prevent disease," Siemens Vice President of Healthcare, Richard Guest said.
"This partnership allows for Monash and Siemens to join forces to identify these key indicators. Using world-class technology increases the accuracy significantly and places Monash amongst the leading biomedical imaging research centres in the world," Mr Guest said.