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Siemens demonstrates high innovative strength despite the economic crisis

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:

Magnus Hasselqvist

Peter Helbig

Dr. Rainer Sommer & Dr. Marc Hiller

Dr. Arun Krishnan

Dr. Thomas Mertelmeier

Thilo Opaterny

Dr. Stefan Popescu

Michael Pugia

 Dr. Günter Schmid

Kay Tigges

Michael Wechsung

Paul Zombo

In-depth coverage of the inventors and photographs are available online at:

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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. The company has around 410,000 employees (in continuing operations) working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of solutions for individual requirements. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technical achievements, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. In fiscal 2008, Siemens had revenue of €77.3 billion and a net income of €5.9 billion (IFRS). Further information is available on the Internet
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Norbert Aschenbrenner

Siemens AG

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