The World According to Siemens—Powerful Ideas for Germany’s Energy Transition

One of the world’s leading business entities continues to raise the bar by both creating and using the technologies that will help meet tomorrow’s energy demands.

By Jackie Guigui-Stolberg
Photographs courtesy Siemens.

Werner von Siemens believed that if people live and work according to their strengths and passions, almost anything is possible. “The words ‘I want to’ have a mighty, magical power (Zauberkraft) when they are said in earnest and with determination (Tatkraft)” he declared, characteristically choosing two words with “-kraft,” which means “power” or “energy.” His own creative energy impelled him to co-found the Siemens & Halske Telegraph Construction Company in Berlin in 1847 and devote his life to innovations in electrical engineering, communications and transportation. When he died in 1892, he commanded 6,500 international employees and sales of nearly 20 million marks. Today the giant engineering company that bears his name carries on in his inventive spirit. Siemens has main offices in Berlin and Munich and employs over 350,000 people in 200 countries.

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