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  • “Learning by doing” in the STEAG Innovation Laboratory

    Education and training have great importance for STEAG – not only in Germany: in the Indian city of Kochi, STEAG Energy Services India supports an innovation lab at the university there – the STEAG Center for Smart City Technologies.

    The ties of the Essen-based energy company with India, with just under 1.4 billion inhabitants the second most populous country on earth after China, are as longstanding as they are intensive. STEAG Energy Services India (SESI) has been active in the country for the past 20 years. Besides power plant operation, the company, located in Noida near New Delhi, offers a large variety of other services. Apart from conventional engineering services for the modernization of power plants and the planning and building of new power plants, SESI operates generating plants on behalf of its customers.

    The STEAG Center for Smart City Technologies recently opened is an innovation laboratory where more than 4,000 students and academics from the Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology can develop their ideas in the fields of energy, mobility and recycling of materials to prototype status. On an area of 400 square meters, the lab, jointly established by STEAG and the university, provides the opportunity to produce prototypes with modern machines such as a 3D printer, a CNC milling machine or a laser cutting device.

    The German Ambassador to India, Walter J. Lindner, inaugurated the STEAG Center for Smart City Technologies in January. Ambassador Lindner called the project a further example of the good Indo-German cooperation and the joint effort of industry and academia.

    Dr. Ralf Schiele, Chairman of the Management Board of SESI’s parent company STEAG Energy Services (SES), also pins high hopes on the “learning by doing” principle in the new lab: “We feel very strongly about the Corporate Social Responsibility measures in India, where we employ more than 1,500 people. Additionally, through the innovation lab we are creating further access to talented students.”