When most people put a plug into a power outlet, they do not think about how the electricity on the other side made its way into their home; they just expect it to work. They flip the switch, the energy flows, and their device turns on like magic – but it is not magic. Honestly, it is the hard work of people like Fei Song, Sarah Tornell Sevillano, Martin Kalcher, and Haris Balta, who are making a difference at Siemens Energy.
With employees in countries around the globe, our team is helping to shape the future of energy by moving power from where it is created to where it is needed. That includes everything from building turbines and transformers to reinforcing power grids to optimizing electricity conversion, and it requires the collaboration of hundreds of people across multiple teams. Their efforts not only affect millions of households, but they also have a lasting positive impact on our environment.
The journey that the power on the other side of the plug makes to a customer’s house is a long one, and it starts with generation. Energy has to be created and harnessed, and while there are many ways in which that can happen, UK-based engineer Fei Song explains that as part of the company’s shift toward sustainability, her team does it with wind. “One wind farm can supply energy for thousands of households – with no damage to the environment!”
Her team is currently working to optimize the performance, security, and reliability of wind turbines, but a new focus on high voltage grids is opening the door to innovations like hydrogen wind farms and smaller transformers. She is especially excited about floating wind farms, which are still in the conceptual stage but could be a reality in a matter of years. “This is our near future, and it will be amazing,” she enthuses. “I’m a small step in a big project, and I’m so proud.”