Siemens & Technical University Of Aachen To Cooperate In Wind Energy Research

December 26, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Siemens Power Generation (PG) and the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH) announced that they will cooperate in the further development of key components for wind turbines. The aim of the cooperation is the further development of the drive train for wind turbines, essentially focusing on points such as efficiency, reliability and service life. A further aim of this long-term cooperation project is to assist in recruiting qualified personnel for PG’s wind power sector.

Siemens will be setting up a competence center in Aachen, with a staff of 20 planned for late 2008. The first joint projects with RWTH are planned to kick off as early as January 2008. The Machine Tool Laboratory (WZL) and the Institute for Machine Elements from RWTH are also included in the cooperation project. Development will concentrate on a number of fields including gear box design, fabrication and analysis. Joint activities with the Institute for Machine Elements will push ahead development of bearings for this application. This is the third cooperation project between a university and Siemens Wind Power.

"Qualified staff will play a key role in future development of our wind power business", said Andreas Nauen, head of Siemens Wind Power Division. "Cooperation with this renowned university will give us access to leading edge technology for our wind turbines on the one hand. At the same time it will enable us to offer talented engineers optimum career perspectives within the global Siemens corporation."

Siemens states that the wind power market is expected to grow by an average of 14% per year by 2011. The company claims that it is one of the leading suppliers of wind power systems, with revenues and orders booked increased by more than 50% in the last fiscal year, and the hiring of more than 1,000 additional staff in this sector during this period.