Siemens Energy is committed to empower their customers to meet the growing global demand for energy while transitioning to a more sustainable world. And in 2020, the company brought on one of its biggest advocates for change, CIO Kian Mossanen. “Our north star is to decarbonize the world for our kids and grandkids,” says Kian. To achieve this, he argues, requires collaboration and a constant desire to change and learn. “If we don’t, the solutions we bring into the organization will become obsolete in three to five years. We need to constantly look at the latest technology and latest cloud application, or software-as-a-service. It’s a question of being passionate about what we are doing, and eager to learn and to create a new future.”
With an ambitious pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030 and help accelerate its customers’ own sustainability journeys, Siemens Energy is innovating apace. The company is pursuing a transition to hydrogen and renewable energy sources and driving change by harnessing everything from drone technology to artificial intelligence.
We spoke to Kian about how he keeps his team inspired, and the importance of data in helping Siemens Energy achieve its goals.
In many parts of the world, and especially in Germany, we’re moving out of coal. Siemens Energy made a clear commitment to the market, but even more importantly to itself as a company, to not make a new coal deal. We will move from coal to gas, and the next step is to move from gas to hydrogen. We just announced another great collaboration to provide one of our customers with small gas turbines. Gas turbines that will be able to use hydrogen or a mix of fuels in the future. We are helping these customers on their journey to using green energy. And this is actually how Siemens Energy is different from the competition: our big differentiator is that we have an end-to-end energy portfolio. It starts with wind turbines onshore and offshore, our grid technologies and storage, and all kind of turbines from gas to hydrogen. Having end-to-end solutions for our customers makes us unique in the market.
Data is of the utmost importance and is the reason Siemens Energy brought a Chief Data Officer onboard two years ago. Because it all starts with our assets, and the asset in today’s world is data. That means we need to better maintain our data in our own environment, our production environment, and in the customer fleet to be able to optimize and help our customers better digitize based on the information we have. Better digitization helps with predictive maintenance and can help us detect pipeline leaks earlier than it would be possible to do physically. Drones, camera technology and AI help us to analyze an area and identify any need for maintenance. So, it goes from the ground to the air. Digitalization is everywhere. Our digital solutions help our customers to become more effective, increase performance, and reduce carbon emissions. Besides data and technologies, collaboration is key to achieving our goals especially around the decarbonization topic. We collaborate with our customers and other partners like hyperscalers or digital companies to be successful. They bring development know-how and new methodologies. The “just invented here”-approach of the past won’t be successful, especially when it comes to the enormous energy ecosystem.
Our company has a very high exposure, so security is top of the list, inside the company and out. It needs to be built into the products that we ship to our customers from the very beginning. It’s not something that comes as an add-on. It needs to be maintained and monitored from end to end. For us, it’s an opportunity. There is a threat, obviously, but it’s also an opportunity to show that we are a player in the market that can bring a higher degree of cybersecurity to customers.
We all have to constantly change and learn. If we don’t, the IT solutions we bring into the organization will become obsolete in three to five years. We need to constantly look at the latest technology and latest cloud application, or software-as-a-service. It’s a constant learning curve. For me, that has nothing to do with age. It’s a question of being passionate about what we are doing, and eager to learn and to create a new future.