At a signing ceremony at Siemens Energy’s Innovation Center-Orlando, Siemens Energy and the Georgia Institute of Technology this week formalized their commitment to collaborate on solutions to meet society’s increasing demand for energy in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. With the inauguration of the Innovation Center earlier this year, Siemens Energy announced its intention to expand its work with leading research universities on a broad range of energy technologies. The master research agreement will allow Georgia Tech and Siemens Energy to conduct joint research, as well as openly support each other’s independent research and development work. The two organizations have a decades-long history of collaboration on energy projects, particularly focused around design, materials, manufacturing, and gas turbine combustion.
“At Siemens Energy, we always say that when it comes to enabling the energy transition, we can’t do it alone,” said Rich Voorberg, president, Siemens Energy North America. “Georgia Tech is one of the leading research institutions in this country, and we are proud to continue to build on our strong relationship to deliver innovative solutions in support of clean, reliable, economically viable energy systems.”
“Georgia Tech is honored to work with our longtime partner Siemens Energy on research central to the future of energy and sustainability,” said Chaouki T. Abdallah, executive vice president for Research at Georgia Tech. “We are pleased to build on our decades of work together and we look forward to collaborating on solutions that will expand economic opportunity, address existential challenges, and improve human lives.”
The first project under the agreement will focus on technologies to enable the flexible use of hydrogen-based fuels and reduce the carbon footprint of other energy sources. In the future, joint projects may focus on government-funded projects, particularly those related to the development of the hydrogen economy. The agreement will also allow Georgia Tech to conduct contract work in support of Siemens Energy-led research projects, and Siemens Energy to more effectively serve as an industrial advisory board member for Georgia Tech’s research initiatives.
“We are beyond excited to enter into this important partnership with Siemens Energy,” said Tim Lieuwen, professor and executive director for the Strategic Energy Institute at Georgia Tech. “Siemens Energy will enable us to make good on our mission to integrates energy activities across the nation's largest technology university – from generation, to distribution, to use.”