Siemens has been presenting its annual Inventor of the Year award to outstanding researchers and developers at the company since 1995. “Eight of this year’s 13 inventors are working on ‘green’ technologies,” said Löscher. “This shows that our company clearly focuses on sustainability in its research work as well. We are the world’s largest supplier of environmentally friendly technologies, a position that we will further expand in the future.”
One of the award-winning inventors is researching new steam turbines for solar-thermal power plants like those needed for the project to bring solar power from Africa’s deserts to Europe. Another inventor is developing extremely heat-resistant alloys for the maintenance and repair of high-efficiency gas turbines. And a team of inventors is developing an all-new power converter that will be used to connect offshore wind parks to the power grid.
“Research and development remain a clear focus for us even in a time of crisis,” said Prof. Hermann Requardt, Head of Corporate Technology and CEO of the Healthcare Sector. Corporate Technology accounts for a particularly large proportion of the inventions reported in 2009, when it increased its share of inventions by nearly a third. “This fact underscores the unit’s importance as an innovation powerhouse for the entire company,” added Requardt.
“The Group’s innovative strength continues unabated,” said Dr. Winfried Büttner, Head of Corporate Intellectual Property and Functions at Siemens. “We are even more focusing on submitting applications patents with high value in terms of quality — in order to safeguard the company’s key technological positions.”
The Inventors of the Year for 2009: