The Global Energy Prize laureate 2005
AT FULL STEAM
The world’s best devices designed to convert steam energy into mechanical work have been developed by Klaus Riedle
Since then and until the end of the 20-th century, steam turbines dominated in most thermal plants around the world. At that point, it was clear that the general path of power systems development is related to combined cycle technologies. To make them work, reliable and highly efficient gas turbine units were needed. It was the visible progress of gas turbine design that defined the quantum leap in thermal energy sector, which we are witnessing now. One of those who made such progress possible is Klaus Riedle. A long-time Siemens employee, Dr. Riedle is a scientist, engineer and science facilitator. In 2005, he was awarded with the Global Energy Prize “for the development of powerful high temperature gas turbines for combined cycle units”. It was under the guidance of Dr. Riedle, that the latest-generation high-capacity Siemens gas turbines were developed. The technology of 3A Siemens machines has been leading in the world in the recent decade, and is features 99% degree of reliability. RAS Academician Vladimir Fortov announcing the laureates at the Global Energy Prize in 2005 called these machines “the world’s most perfect devices for transformation of steam energy into mechanical work”. Professor Riedle clearly understands that energy shall never be a private matter of a single country. Energy problems can only be solved in close cooperation of governmental leaders, scientists, politicians, engineers and entrepreneurs. He thinks that the biggest energy stress lies in economic aspects. Living standards and economic strength of any country is closely correlated with energy consumption per capita. This interpenetration of resources and intellect, the ability to share, give and unite efforts tells much about Klaus Riedle as a personality, his openness and generosity. The man who has tamed steam knows much not only about physical laws but also about the power of mutual assistance and cooperation between people.