Two chances to win the 2005 German future prize


MUNICH (Siemens) - When it comes to the German Future Prize, Siemens is always in the picture. Since 1997, Siemens employees have been nominated for this prestigious award as many as four times.

Last year, a Siemens researcher was part of the winning team, which received the prize for its development of an electrical biochip used in the rapid identification of pathogens. For the first time in the ten-year history of the prize, half the nominees come from the same company, namely Siemens.

In developing the Straton x-ray tube, Dr. Peter Schardt of Siemens Medical Solutions pursued a new imaging concept for computer tomography systems. The tube makes it possible to image tiny blood vessels in the beating heart with an unprecedented resolution, so that diseases of the coronary vessels can be diagnosed earlier and more accurately.

The team nominated for the direct injection technology using piezo injectors has members from both Siemens VDO Automotive and Robert Bosch GmbH. With piezo technology, fuel can be dosed more precisely when injected into the combustion chamber, which substantially reduces fuel consumption and emissions. Researchers at Siemens Corporate Technology and Siemens VDO have been working to get the process ready for market since the early 1980s. Series production for diesel engines began in 2000 and is scheduled to begin next year for gasoline engines.

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