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Green solutions from Siemens for Expo 2010
2010. 14 May
Cities need sustainable infrastructure that is compatible with the environment.
(btimes.com.my) Siemens shows how this works at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China, which is themed “Better City, Better Life” and is the first “green” world exposition. Siemens supplied technology worth a total of more than e1 billion (RM4 billion) — 90 per cent of it green products and solutions.
Visitors will experience solutions from Siemens relating to building technology, transportation, energy and water supply as well as healthcare. For example, Siemens supplied 150,000 environmentally friendly Osram LEDs, fire safety solutions and energy-efficient building technology systems for the world exposition’s pavilions and boulevards. With a total of 706 air- and gas-insulated medium-voltage switchgear, Siemens supplied all pavilions with reliable and environmentally friendly electricity.
Siemens’ thematic focus at the expo is efficiency in energy management and energy consumption in cities.
Examples from the area surrounding expo in Shanghai demonstrate that the technology associated with this already exists today. Operating at 46 per cent efficiency, Waigaoqiao is the world’s most efficient coal-fired power plant, and it covers 30 per cent of Shanghai’s energy demand.
The longest and most powerful HVDC link that Siemens has built to date helps transmit electricity efficiently in China. It is used to supply electricity to approximately 5 million households. The smart grid is a determining factor in optimising the energy system. With its first smart grid order in China, Siemens has strengthened its position as trend setter and market leader in this country.
Clear water is in short supply in the megacity. In the future, Siemens technology will filter water from Lake Taihu and provide the city with a clean supply.
Siemens is also showing how new technologies can support a globally networked and climate-friendly lifestyle at the expo.
Visitors to the “We are the World” pavilion are immersed into the life of an imaginary family in the year 2015. Biometric sensors are responsible for safety in the home and open doors as if by magic. Wind turbines in the front yard generate energy that either flows directly into an electric car or is shared with the neighbours via an intelligent electrical grid.
Flat light panels using organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) provide a pleasant, highly-efficient light. A telepresence system conveys a feeling of virtual proximity to the parents living far away, and new image processing and communication technology even enables the results of their medical tests to be evaluated online.
Engineers are developing products in virtual environments, and stereo cameras are being used to transmit 3D images in video conferences. Video games or televisions can be controlled using gestures.
At the exit from the pavilion, visitors come face-to-face with their own 3D image assembled from their biometric data.
The technology in the life of the future family is already a reality today in the labs of Siemens Corporate Technology (CT).
The electric car on display is a new model of the sports car that Siemens is developing in collaboration with car manufacturer RUF and presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The car reaches a top speed of 250 kilometers per hour. Its extremely dynamic performance stems from the electric motors powering each of the rear wheels separately.
The researchers from CT are also involved in the development of reliable and intelligent interfaces for a smart grid.
OLEDs — extremely thin organic layers that illuminate when a current is applied to them — already match the efficiency of energy-saving bulbs in the laboratory.
Medical imaging experts are combining their techniques with the latest treatment methods. Doctors can make shared use of these high-quality data over secure Internet connections. Biometric systems that generate 3D images of the facial profile are already used in biometric passports.
Siemens is currently conducting research into the integration of face and iris recognition with the identification of typical behaviour or physical characteristics.