Siemens has received the German Industry’s Innovation Award in the large companies category.

The award was won by the Siemens H-Class gas turbine, which holds the world efficiency record at 60.75 per cent in combined cycle duty.

The award in recognition of the outstanding innovation was presented in Frankfurt on Saturday by Wirtschaftsclub Rhein-Main at a gala event held in the Palais Thurn und Taxis.

 The award, which is listed as the world’s first innovation award, was made under the patronage of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Günther Oettinger, EU Energy Commissioner, presented the award to Michael Suess, CEO of the Energy Sector and member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG.

Including the test phase, development of the SGT5-8000H gas turbine lasted a good ten years. Siemens invested approximately half a billion euros in development and operation of the prototype plant in Irsching, Bavaria.

In trial operation, the combined cycle power plant attained under the supervision of the TÜV-Süd technical inspectorate a world-record efficiency of 60.75 per cent at an electrical output of 578 MW. Extremely high operating flexibility was also demonstrated.

With this innovation Siemens has written engineering history. The new combined cycle power plant needs approximately one-third less fuel per kilowatt-hour (kWh) generated than the average for gas-fired power plants installed worldwide.

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