Five Siemens partner cities get top-10 ranking in innovation index

By: Brie Sachse, Managing Director and Head of External Affairs, Siemens USA

Along with top-ranked New York City, four other Siemens partner cities made the top-10 on the annual Innovation Cities Index 2019BostonChicagoLos Angeles, and San Francisco. New York surpassed the top three 2018 list leaders—San Francisco, London, and Tokyo—to claim the number-1 spot for 2019.


Siemens is intently focused on technological innovation in 100 different cities in the U.S. and has a major presence in the five cities in the Innovation Index top 10. Siemens’ strategy is built around what we’ve identified as one of the major megatrends looking out to 2050: urbanization, which tells us that 3 out of 4 people will soon be living in cities, when our urban infrastructure is already stressed.


That’s a major reason why, in just the past 15 years, Siemens has invested approximately $40 billion across the U.S. We’re using our 60+ manufacturing, digital and R&D sites to use data to get more innovative results for the things that matter in American cities: energy, infrastructure, and mobility.

Here are just a few tech examples in these cities:


New York CitySiemens is providing Con Edison, the local utility, with compact, light and environment-friendly transformers. The mobile resilience transformers allow Con Edison to respond to events in which multiple transformers are impacted and normal spares or system redundancy may not be enough to handle desired capacity.


We’re also working with the New York Power Authority to construct the largest roof-top solar installation in the city at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s west side. The 1.4-MW project will be designed also to provide 2 MW of battery storage.


Chicago: Siemens is helping the Windy City reach the next level of power security and resilience, partnering with Chicago-based ComEd on the first utility-operated microgrid cluster in the nation, expected to serve over 1,000 customers.


San Francisco: The city enjoys the backing of the Siemens “black-start” technology, a first-of-its-kind project in the U.S. In an emergency, this technology allows up to 300 megawatts (MW) of power to feed into the city through Trans Bay Cable while the network is being restored. The black-start capability, which doesn’t require the local network to be running, powers critical facilities like hospitals and fire stations.


A common factor for all these cities is that they have ambitious sustainability agendas under their respective leaders—and so does Siemens. Our City Performance Tool (CyPT), a leading-edge simulation tool, helps city managers in many different decision-making situations related to climate. The CyPT can report both environmental and economic KPIs across transport, building, and energy sectors, evaluating a city’s buildings, transport, and energy usage through more than 70 technologies that can be deployed over a desired time period and required implementation levels.


Our broader view at Siemens is that climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing the world today, and it will impact many, if not all, of America’s coastal cities first. Companies like ours have both a responsibility and the capability with our technology to help cities find new ways to reduce emissions, increase energy efficiency, and lower carbon footprints. Our own commitment to being carbon-neutral by 2030 is one way we‘ve expressed our firm belief that those companies willing to use their technical expertise and innovation will be the pioneers in reducing emissions.


Editor’s Note: With a passion for community-building and a belief that cities are truly where the “rubber meets the road,” Brie Sachse is Managing Director and Head of External Affairs for Siemens USA. Prior to joining Siemens, Brie led Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation at both the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Railroad Administration. She also served as Chief of Staff for Mayor Buddy Dyer in Orlando, Florida.