As urban populations continue to grow, the need to provide
reliable and efficient transportation that allows passengers to connect
seamlessly door-to-door becomes more critical. From public transportation to
ride-sharing, bike-sharing and scooter-sharing, passengers are increasingly
looking for options that allow them to select their transportation options on
demand, planning and paying for their commutes in one easy-to-use application.
Together, Siemens Mobility, HaCon, eos.uptrade, Bytemark and Padam are
providing these digital solutions that are making commutes easier and faster.
In 2016, Bolivia chose Siemens to provide the technology and services that would add more than one gigawatt of electricity to the country's power grid. On August 8, 2019 the first of three thermal power plants to be expanded and upgraded was officially inaugurated.
Bolivia's president Evo Morales, the Bolivian energy minister Rafael Alarcon, members of the executive committee of the national company Ende Andina and John Prado, CEO Siemens Bolivia, visited the Del Sur Thermoelectric Power Plant, located in Yaguacua in southeastern Bolivia, for the opening ceremony.
The combined cycle power plant is equipped with eight Siemens SGT-800 gas turbines, four SST-400 steam turbines and eight heat recovery generators (HRSGs). The conversion to combined cycles of the Del Sur plant will increase the efficiency of the plant from 40 percent to 51 percent depending on environmental and operational conditions.
Connected and self-driving vehicles are on the horizon. Autonomous taxis and minibuses could cover the last mile between homes and public mass transit and long-distance transport hubs, helping make private cars superfluous in cities and relieving congestion. In rail transport as well, fully automated systems and connectivity can help satisfy the rapidly growing demand for mobility. Making vehicles and infrastructure more intelligent can ensure better availability and make mobility safer. All this adds up to vastly improved urban environments.Siemens is working with municipalities, public transit authorities and research institutes to develop these transport concepts.
Smartphone users as well as industrial companies are looking forward to the advent of the new 5G wireless mobile standard, thanks to which companies will be able to connect their machines and thus make their production plants and intralogistics operations more efficient, more autonomous, and more flexible than ever before.
Industrie 4.0, the smart factory, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – these are the future of industrial manufacturing. Designing production plants and intralogistics to be more flexible, autonomous, and efficient requires the right communication framework and comprehensive connectivity. The new 5G communication standard opens up important new prospects. It will initially have a data speed of between one and 5 gigabits per second, subsequently increasing to 20 gigabits per second – a quantum leap that will make it between 10 and 20 times faster than the system’s predecessor, LTE.
Siemens Mobility's Vectron locomotives are used for both freight and passenger service. During the development of the locomotive, the focus was on providing a future-proof design, investment security, environmental compatibility, fungibility, retrofitting capability and convertibility. The Vectron can be delivered as a purely electrical version for operating with alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC) power systems as well as a multisystem (MS) variant in the power classes 5.2 MW, 5.6 MW and 6.4 MW. Along with the desired national train control system, the locomotives can also be equipped with the latest European Train Control System (ETCS). The locomotives are built in the Siemens Mobility plant in Munich-Allach, Germany. The first Vectron was delivered in 2012. Siemens Mobility has sold over 800 Vectrons to date to a total of 42 customers. The Vectron fleet has accumulated more than 175 million kilometers of service so far. The locomotives are currently certified for operation in 18 countries. For freight transport in Germany, Siemens Mobility also offers the Smartron standard locomotive and the Vectron Dual Mode, a combination of diesel and electric locomotive.
The ICE 4 will be the backbone of the Deutsche Bahn's future long-distance network. In May 2011, the German national railway company concluded a framework agreement with Siemens Mobility for up to 300 trainsets. At this time the largest train contract that Siemens has ever won in its nearly 170 years of corporate history.
The ICE 4 sets new standards in intercity traffic. A unique train concept has been developed, that means it can be individually adapted to the requirements of various transport tasks. The modular drive concept is based on independent Powercars with identical traction technology, resulting in more flexibility than ever before. High operational availability is guaranteed by a large number of reliable systems with high redundancy.
All in all, DB will be receiving 1,511 cars with which it can configure 50 12-car, 50 13-car and 37 7-car trainsets. DB will keep two end cars in reserve. The 12-car and 13-car trainsets will be operated in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The shorter 7-car trains are planned for use in Germany and Austria.
In September 2012, Munich city utility company (SWM) was the first customer to order the new Avenio for the light rail network of the MVG (Munich transport company). In the meantime, SWM has continually expanded its Avenio fleet.
In handing over the converter for a cutting-edge grid stabilization system to the German transmission grid operator Amprion, Siemens celebrated delivery of its one-hundredth STATCOM (static synchronous compensator) from the SVC PLUS series in mid-2019. Approximately two-thirds of the globally installed STATCOM systems with modular multilevel converter technology are from Siemens.The growing importance of STATCOM technology goes hand in hand with the new requirements to be met by the power grid. Renewable energy sources and decentralized producers are increasingly feeding electricity into the energy mix while the share of conventional power plants is shrinking. The volatile infeed of energy and ever growing distances between power producers and consumers make the grid more susceptible to fluctuations. STATCOM systems stabilize these fluctuations by absorbing or feeding in voltage-supporting reactive power, depending on the requirements. Based on the technology of conventional static var compensators, Siemens has developed additional innovative solutions, such as the SVC PLUS FS frequency stabilizer and the mobile STATCOM, which stabilize the grid and close gaps in energy systems around the world.
Siemens Water Solutions successfully installed and started up a Zimpro® wet air oxidation (WAO) system at a global petrochemical company’s olefins plant in the Southern U.S.
The order, received in November 2017, is the second Zimpro® wet air oxidation system supplied to the customer. The first system was supplied in 2004.The Zimpro® WAO system will treat spent caustic generated in the production of ethylene by destroying odorous and high chemical oxygen demand (COD) pollutants. The system also generates an effluent that can be safely neutralized and sent to a biological treatment plant, where it is further treated for discharge.Siemens Water Solutions addresses water and wastewater needs of the oil and gas industry with a portfolio that includes physical and chemical separation, biological treatment, and complex hydrothermal technologies.