Siemens has invested heavily in three research and development centres in the UK at Keele, Sheffield and Manchester. The investment sees continued, vital development of turbine and grid technologies to allow Siemens to remain as a leader in the offshore wind industry.
Renewables Energy Engineering Centre, Manchester
One of Siemens’ most recent investments is the new state-of-the-art Renewable Energy Engineering Centre at Siemens Energy Transmission in Manchester. The new engineering centre is the first of its kind outside of Germany and will house the Global Centre of Competence for High Voltage Grid Connections (HVDC). Its main focus will be the design and build of HVDC transmission systems for the UK and North West Europe and will be a core element in many offshore wind farm developments.
The Centre of Competence adds to Siemens' already strong research and development portfolio in the UK, which also includes Centres of Competence at Keele and Sheffield Universities for leading edge wind power converter technology. The demand for clean energy and associated technologies led to Energy Transmission's announcement last year that it will create up to 340 new jobs in its Projects business. The new roles will be recruited from both new graduate and experienced hires to optimise the talent pool and will focus on the design and build of transmission systems to connect countries’ power networks to new energy sources, especially offshore wind.
Sheffield-Siemens Wind Power Research Centre, Sheffield
Siemens established its UK wind turbine generator R&D competence centre at the University of Sheffield in 2009. The first of its kind in the UK, the Sheffield Siemens Wind Power Research Centre focuses on developing the most reliable, innovative and efficient wind turbine generators. The constant dialogue between the University’s experts and Siemens engineers translates into real world solutions with benefits to both the wind industry and the environment.
The centre specialises in providing the overall technology, architecture and design of onshore and offshore wind turbine generators, devices generating electrical energy from wind power, for the global market. Some of its current projects include wind turbine condition monitoring, turbine performance and turbine blade design..
Siemens Research Centre, Keele
Siemens’ Research Centre at Keele University is another significant investment in wind power research and development. The research centre specialises in developing power converter technology, converting and controlling the electrical power from wind turbine generators into a form compatible with the electricity grid.