Today has been a very busy day at the Siemens booth, which really became a hub for visitors – some very much expected and some completely unexpected. This morning we welcomed several parties of local schoolchildren who we’d invited to learn more about the future of energy. They seemed to have lot of fun (and I hope learned a lot) as they explored our interactive models of wind and gas turbines, pressing buttons to discover how they worked. It was unsurprising though that our Smart Grid Game and electric Smart Chopper proved to be the biggest hits with them.
(Editor’s note: Siemens is a sponsor of The Energy Collective)
Another expected visitor today was Jürgen Becker, Germany’s State Secretary for the Environment, who I was due to give a guided tour of our booth and discuss some energy policy issues with. However, no sooner had we begun our tour when a very unexpected visitor paid a surprise visit to our booth: none other than His Royal Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, complete with Royal entourage. Although I have seen HRH in previous years when he’s visited our booth, this is the first time I have been in such close proximity to him. HRH seemed particularly interested in one of our interactive models of a smart building system, which he discussed in some detail with our regional CEO, Joachim Kundt. For me this is just another example, which just goes to show that you never know who you’re going to meet at an event like WFES.
On the subject of visitors, I’m also very happy to say that the first full day’s program of presentations at our Xpert Center has attracted lots of interested delegates as well as our first-ever guest speaker: Dr. Afshin Afshari from Masdar City. Today’s program focused on smart integrated electrical energy systems, with three of my colleagues covering key topics on the enabling grid technologies plus the smart buildings and electrical vehicles that will become an integral part of the grid infrastructure. What was particularly interesting for me was how Dr. Afshari’s presentation on “Smart energy use at Masdar City” overlapped so well with the presentations of my colleagues and our own approach to the intelligent use of electricity. We have a saying at Siemens, that it is imperative to “walk the talk” when it comes to matters of following through on our sustainable visions, and Dr. Afshari’s presentation on how Masdar is doing just that by piloting various automated building technology systems at the Masdar Institute was hugely impressive.
After today’s successful experience with our first-ever guest speaker at the Xpert Center, I’m delighted to say that tomorrow we will be joined by two more experts from Masdar City who will be presenting an overview on all the current developments there. In addition, we will also be delivering another full day’s program focusing on a clean and efficient energy mix, covering specialist topics from wind and solar to highly-efficient fossil power generation and CCS solutions. If you’re at t he WFES tomorrow, stop by and join us at Booth 5110 from 11.00 am onwards for what promises to be a hugely informative day.
I’ll be back tomorrow to let you know how things go….