Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Siemens at the UrbanTec: practical applications to enhance the quality of urban life

24.10.2011
- new solutions save money, energy and cut carbon emissions

Creative ideas, easily financed technical solutions and practical examples of sustainable urban development – these are just some of the surprises that Siemens has in store for a wide variety of trade visitors to the International UrbanTec 2011 Congress and Exhibition in Cologne. The environmental solutions showcased in Hall 7 range from a virtual city in a CO2-free future, featuring hands-on applications and recommendations for optimizing communal infrastructures, to the modernization of building energy systems, traffic management solutions in practical use, electric mobility and smart grids.

A smart grid turns buildings into active participants in the electricity market. A smart Building shows, how efficient building energy management works. The smart grid opens the way for CO2-free mobility with electric cars. Siemens is helping its customers to develop alternative sources of energy. These include solar power plants, combined heat and power plants run on biogas, geothermal energy and heat pumps, efficient unit-type cogenerating stations, wind turbines and photovoltaic plants.

A smart building uses Siemens technology to match its energy consumption to its requirements. In cooperation with the network operator, the building obtains power at low tariffs, produces and stores electricity itself, and then feeds it back into the grid at higher prices. This reduces energy costs for both public and private users of buildings, helps to enhance the efficiency and stability of the networks and improves the reliability of integrating renewable sources of energy.

Rudolf Martin Siegers, Head of Siemens Germany, said, "Solutions that reduce carbon emissions on a permanent basis and save energy at the same time are already available. We demonstrate every day in very practical ways how our customers can invest profitably in projects to protect the environment. This benefits not only the environment but also our customers' balance sheets."

Performance contracting often enables essential investments to be financed and implemented without any extra cost, in spite of financial constraints. The investments pay for themselves thanks to the energy savings achieved and the customer benefits from them in the long term. The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, for example, has already renovated the energy systems in several of its museum buildings in Berlin.

Another keenly debated issue at the UrbanTec is how to achieve sustainable improvements in urban transport infrastructure. One response to the challenge of making better use of the limited space available for the increasing volume of traffic in towns is to implement new control technology in the traffic management centers, in order to control rail-based transportation more efficiently.

The heart of this new Siemens control system is a "multi-touch desk". It displays the complete transport network and enables functions such as timetable control and repair schedules to be run on a single, interactive user interface. For example, a route timetable can be adjusted by simply pointing a finger. This simplifies decision-making processes and speeds up operations. The system also allows a range of scenarios to be played through together with the customer to test new ideas under realistic conditions, improve processes, and detect critical areas as early as possible. The new control system thus helps to organize public transport more efficiently and its innovative user interface ensures better coordination of journey times and optimization of interchanges. The iPad applications from Siemens exhibited at the UrbanTec are also intended to eliminate critical areas. For example, the "Water Footprint Calculator" helps to reduce water consumption. Facebook users will find the app designed for the iPad under the search term "Water Footprint Calculator".

Highly detailed, two-dimensional and interactive – the "Virtual City" from Siemens showcased in Hall 7 shows visitors how urban development can be not only sustainable, ecological and economical, but also provide a high quality of life. It covers the issues of energy, mobility, industrial production, water, buildings, lighting, health care and finances.

All the relevant information can be downloaded free of charge to an iPad at (http://itunes.apple.com/de/app/id435676577?mt=8) or to a PC at (http://www.energy.siemens.com/hq/en/energy-topics/virtual-siemens-city.htm).

In addition to the practical demonstrations at the UrbanTec, Siemens also provides information on the "German Green City Index". This environmental study, published in the middle of this year, investigates and evaluates the ecological sustainability of twelve large German cities and compares them with other European conurbations. At the UrbanTec, Siemens presented awards to representatives from the12 cities for their successful environmental policies.

In-depth information about the "German Green City Index" can be found at: http://www.siemens.com/entry/cc/de/greencityindex.htm.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is the world's largest provider of environmental technologies. More than one-third of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. In fiscal 2010, which ended on September 30, 2010, revenue from continuing operations (excluding Osram and Siemens IT Solutions and Services) totaled €69 billion and net income from continuing operations €4.3 billion. At the end of September 2010, Siemens had around 336,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations. Further information is available on the Internet at: http://www.siemens.com.

The Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector (Munich, Germany), with approximately 87,000 employees, offers sustainable technologies for metropolitan areas and their infrastructures. Its offerings include integrated mobility solutions, building and security technology, power distribution, smart grid applications, and low- and medium-voltage products. The Sector comprises the Divisions Rail Systems, Mobility and Logistics, Low and Medium Voltage, Smart Grid, Building Technologies, and Osram AG.

For more information, visit http://www.siemens.com/infrastructure-cities

Siemens AG
Corporate Communications and Government Affairs
Wittelsbacherplatz 2, 80333 München
Deutschland
Media Relations: Harald Prokosch
Telefon: +49 30 386-44652 Fax: -1344652
E-Mail: harald.prokosch@siemens.com
Siemens AG
Siemens Deutschland
Nonnendammallee 101, 13623 Berlin

Harald Prokosch | Siemens Infrastructure
Further information:
http://www.siemens.com/infrastructure-cities

More articles from Trade Fair News:

nachricht AchemAsia 2019 will take place in Shanghai
15.06.2018 | DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V.

nachricht Insects supply chitin as a raw material for the textile industry
05.06.2018 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik IGB

All articles from Trade Fair News >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: First evidence on the source of extragalactic particles

For the first time ever, scientists have determined the cosmic origin of highest-energy neutrinos. A research group led by IceCube scientist Elisa Resconi, spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center SFB1258 at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), provides an important piece of evidence that the particles detected by the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole originate from a galaxy four billion light-years away from Earth.

To rule out other origins with certainty, the team led by neutrino physicist Elisa Resconi from the Technical University of Munich and multi-wavelength...

Im Focus: Magnetic vortices: Two independent magnetic skyrmion phases discovered in a single material

For the first time a team of researchers have discovered two different phases of magnetic skyrmions in a single material. Physicists of the Technical Universities of Munich and Dresden and the University of Cologne can now better study and understand the properties of these magnetic structures, which are important for both basic research and applications.

Whirlpools are an everyday experience in a bath tub: When the water is drained a circular vortex is formed. Typically, such whirls are rather stable. Similar...

Im Focus: Breaking the bond: To take part or not?

Physicists working with Roland Wester at the University of Innsbruck have investigated if and how chemical reactions can be influenced by targeted vibrational excitation of the reactants. They were able to demonstrate that excitation with a laser beam does not affect the efficiency of a chemical exchange reaction and that the excited molecular group acts only as a spectator in the reaction.

A frequently used reaction in organic chemistry is nucleophilic substitution. It plays, for example, an important role in in the synthesis of new chemical...

Im Focus: New 2D Spectroscopy Methods

Optical spectroscopy allows investigating the energy structure and dynamic properties of complex quantum systems. Researchers from the University of Würzburg present two new approaches of coherent two-dimensional spectroscopy.

"Put an excitation into the system and observe how it evolves." According to physicist Professor Tobias Brixner, this is the credo of optical spectroscopy....

Im Focus: Chemical reactions in the light of ultrashort X-ray pulses from free-electron lasers

Ultra-short, high-intensity X-ray flashes open the door to the foundations of chemical reactions. Free-electron lasers generate these kinds of pulses, but there is a catch: the pulses vary in duration and energy. An international research team has now presented a solution: Using a ring of 16 detectors and a circularly polarized laser beam, they can determine both factors with attosecond accuracy.

Free-electron lasers (FELs) generate extremely short and intense X-ray flashes. Researchers can use these flashes to resolve structures with diameters on the...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Leading experts in Diabetes, Metabolism and Biomedical Engineering discuss Precision Medicine

13.07.2018 | Event News

Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP: Fine Tuning for Surfaces

12.07.2018 | Event News

11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium 2018: Meeting point for the wood-based materials industry

03.07.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Pollen taxi for bacteria

18.07.2018 | Life Sciences

Biological signalling processes in intelligent materials

18.07.2018 | Life Sciences

Study suggests buried Internet infrastructure at risk as sea levels rise

18.07.2018 | Information Technology

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>