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What powers our society? Our global network of economies and institutions is closely intertwined, powered through countries and societies. Amid the host of pressing issues at every level, nothing cuts across more decisively than the immediate effects of climate change.

The lessons learnt from the pandemic have come at great cost, and actors at every level are spurred to undertake concrete steps to mitigate the impact of climate change and reach climate targets. With global energy demand predicted to increase by 25 percent through 2040, the spotlight naturally falls on transforming the energy landscape. Innovating for the future has become synonymous with meeting the world’s growing appetite for energy while setting the trajectory for a sustainably energized future.

Electricity is an oft overlooked but critical infrastructure, invisible save for the rumble at a BTS platform, a shadow cast from a streetlamp at night, or the beep on a heartrate monitor. It has continued to shine and keep Thailand’s lights on, much like the stalwart front liners, from community groups to essential services personnel.

Leaning on the teachings of H.R.H the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, we take to heart the importance he placed on the whole of society working together in tandem.

“The important thing for the survival of the Thai society is that the majority of those who work, both in the government and the private sector, still strive to work in the same direction; this is why the Thai nation still stands.”

It is this same communitarian spirit of resilience and collaboration which the Thai people model, and we at Siemens Energy emulate and look up to. We are incredibly proud to count among these front liners our team of local staff, keeping the lights on for Bangkok out in the thick of the pandemic, ensuring essential services such as utilities and transport networks continue to operate.

Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that one-sixth of global electricity generation is based on Siemens Energy’s technology? What’s more, almost a quarter of our global fleet of SGT-800 gas turbines are found right here in Thailand! That’s out of seven regional hubs across six continents. Its robust dual-fuel Dry Low Emission (DLE) combustion system minimizes NOₓ and CO emissions and furthers our commitment to a low-carbon world.

Siemens Energy has a long history in Thailand, dating back to 1978. Having celebrated incredible milestones such as the rural electrification of provinces, connecting people through iconic transport networks like the BTS Skytrain, or establishing renewable energy facilities, this enriching and fulfilling partnership has seen us transforming and energizing society over more than forty years.

Siemens & Marubeni Consortium’s South Bangkok Power Plant Replacement Project Phase 1 (SBRP1)

In response to the rapidly transforming global energy landscape, Siemens Energy became independent late last year to be a pure-play energy company. By focusing on providing services and solutions for the entire energy value chain, we will continue to innovate the future and shape the energy of tomorrow in Thailand.

Thailand’s power generation is expected to grow at around 2.7 percent per year from 2017 to 2050, reaching 401.7 TWh in 2050. Notably, its CO2 emissions per capita is also projected to double over a similar timeframe, which needless to say will have significant climate impact. Here at Siemens Energy, we hold ourselves strongly to accelerating the transition to a more sustainable world. By leveraging our comprehensive portfolio of best-in-class solutions, we look to effect resounding change across the entire energy value chain.

Our main drivers of decarbonization, decentralization, digitalization and demand growth are aligned with Thailand’s Power Development Plan 2022. On August 25, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Energy Kulit Sombatsiri detailed how Thailand’s goal for net carbon neutrality by 2070 is underscored by an aggressive plan to lower carbon emissions and substantially increase the proportion of clean and renewable energy in new power generation to a minimum of 50 percent.

Siemens Energy continues to be committed to working closely with Thailand in tandem with all its stages of energy transition. For instance, efficiency upgrades in the form of digitalisation solutions for operation and maintenance have helped reduce fuel consumption and production costs at local power plants, ultimately enhancing their reliability and overall efficiency and lowering emissions.

In the long-term, we look to extend our renewable energy technologies to more parts of Thailand, building on the strong track record of existing projects such as Southeast Asia’s largest onshore wind farm in Korat, Nakorn Ratchasima province. Siemens Energy’s gold standard of quality products and offerings include the hotly discussed “green hydrogen”, with its potential as a game-changer for the uptake of clean energy in the region.

Markus Lorenzini, President & CEO Siemens Thailand, Myanmar & Cambodia

Reflecting on the sum of Thailand’s energy story over the last four decades, Managing Director of Siemens Energy, Mr Markus Lorenzini, expresses a sense of pride at the enriching and mutually rewarding relationship built over the last four decades.

Against the backdrop of the rapidly changing global energy landscape, he is confident that Siemens Energy will continue to be a leader in advancing innovative technologies in efficiency, natural gas-based generation and renewable energy.

Says Mr Lorenzini, “We look forward to continuing to empower Thailand as it grows from strength to strength, advancing its net-zero ambitions and accelerating the transformation of its energy landscape for a brighter, decarbonized future.”