The Siemens Project Ventures team arrived looking alarmingly like Mr. Smiths in the Matrix movies but then they put up their first slide and blew us away. Their innovation project was examining the fastest uptake of cell phones - South Africa went from zero to 60% within a year. They tied this to looking at the vast geographic ranges with little technological investment and how to make money from that scenario.
These mostly German young men then went on to explain how their findings were being applied to China and India where there were similar technological and geographic challenges.
I was not surprised to read that Siemens Project Ventures won the British government's contract for a wind farms. If you read the fine print, none of these windmills will be made in Britain, instead Germany will get the jobs, keeping that German engineering competence sharp. Here's part of the story and a link:
The successful bidders for the nine new British offshore wind farms have been announced, paving the way for the UK’s most ambitious renewable energy project, which aims to deliver a quarter of the UK’s electricity by 2020.
Costing £75 billion, the new wind farms will be on a far bigger scale than anything so far in Britain and are expected to create 70,000 jobs.
However, there is concern that few of the 6,000 turbines will actually be made in the UK. The companies granted licences today to build the farms will not be obliged to source any parts from domestic manufacturers and most are expected to buy turbines made in Denmark or Germany.Jacoline Loewen, expert in raising capital for companies who want to grow and author of Money Magnet.