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Siemens Joins FREEDM Center

04 Oct 2011

Siemens has joined the FREEDM Systems Center as a full industry partner, committing to a long-term industrial membership. The Center is a leading smart grid research center headquartered at North Carolina State University that is developing power technologies to transform the nation’s power grid and speed renewable energy technologies into millions of homes and businesses.


According to Siemens, the partnership will promote their collaboration to identify technological gaps in the smart grid industry and researching solutions. Siemens will also serve on the FREEDM System Center’s Industry Advisory Board, which guides the center’s strategic project selection process.

Dr. Ewan Pritchard, director of industry, collaboration and innovation at FREEDM. “The FREEDM Systems Center relies on strong relationships with industry partners to set the stage for researching and developing technology that is well suited for the smart grid marketplace,” “We welcome Siemens as an industry partner and look forward to a fruitful relationship for both organizations.”

FREEDM members enjoy access to not-yet-published center research, direct contact with the center’s faculty and students and other industrial partners, and early access to intellectual property developed at the center.

Dave Pacyna, president of Siemens Energy’s Transmission and Distribution Divisions in North America, adds: “NC State’s commitment to engineering education excellence and Siemens’ expertise in power engineering innovation make for a natural partnership. Together we can create an exciting platform to draw more engineering students into the power industry and at the same time complete important research in the field."

Siemens AG is an electronics and electrical engineering company that operates throughout the United States. For more information, visit

The FREEDM Systems Center is a Gen-III Engineering Research Center (ERC) established by the National Science Foundation in 2008, which partners with universities, industry, and national laboratories to develop technology for the nation’s power. For more information, visit