Siemens Romania Modernized a Laboratory within the Faculty of Energy with State-of-the-art Equipment

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Faculty of Energy, within the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Siemens Romania had the honour to contribute to the endowment of the Laboratory for the Electrical Part of Power Plants and Stations ‘Constantin Dinculescu’ (head of laboratory: prof.dr. eng. Sorina Costinas), with the following state-of-the-art equipment for education and advanced research in the field of maintenance of power stations and quality assurance of electricity supply.

The inauguration event of the new equipment was attended by UPB representatives: Horia Necula, Vice-Rector of UPB, Lacramioara Diana Robescu, Dean of the Faculty of Energy, prof.dr.eng. Cristian Florian Dinca, Director of the Energy Production and Use Department, Sorina Costinas, Head of Laboratory of the Electrical Part of Power Plants and Stations ‘C-tin Dinculescu’, Prof. Dr. George Darie, Former Vice-Rector of UPB. On behalf of Siemens Romania, the representatives who attended at the ceremony were Mr. Cristian Secosan, CEO of Siemens Romania and the Republic of Moldova and Mr. Vasile Cristea, Head of Distribution Systems – Smart Infrastructure, Siemens Romania.

“The ability to inspire, to encourage students to develop their skills and become successful is the essence of quality education. For this, we need laboratories equipped at the level of current technology. The collaboration with Siemens is a confirmation of UPB’s openness to the economic environment and a continuation of our actions to modernize the laboratories. The training of the young generation of engineers cannot and must not be just the responsibility of universities because it is in the interest of society as a whole,” said Horia Necula, vice-rector of UPB.

“People are the most important resource, in which we must constantly invest so that they can develop both personally and professionally. Caring for the preparation of young people, from the point of view of dual education, is one of Siemens’ objectives. Thus, by equipping the laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment, but also by offering internship and training programs at the company level, we want students to take a first step towards the career they want,” stated Cristian Secosan.

Cristian Secosan, CEO, Siemens

The laboratory was designed, built and put into operation in 1971 by teachers who were part of the team of Electrical Installations for Power Plants and Stations – Department of Power Plants (today, Department of Energy Production and Use), under the guidance of Professor Emeritus Constantin Dinculescu, former rector of the Polytechnic and one of the realizers of Romania’s electrification plan. As a sign of appreciation, room EH008 bears the name of its founder.

The laboratory in EH008 is a dynamic model of electric power system, it was made on an industrial scale and has teaching facilities, being the only one of its kind in Europe. It is a real work polygon for students, it allows manoeuvres in identical conditions to those in operation, both in older stations and in modern stations equipped with vacuum switching switches and digital protections or a fully digitized cell.


Siemens Romania has equipped the laboratory with the following equipment:

  • 8DJH panels for secondary distribution up to 24kV are compact panels, gas-insulated, maintenance free and ensure high operation safety. For these reasons 8DJH panels are frequently utilized in applications such as: public utilities, solar parks, wind parks, e-houses, railway and subway substations, office buildings.

By introducing students to this type of panels, Siemens wanted to highlight dimension differences, at the same technical characteristics, between the old existing panels in Romania’s National Grid and the new generation of equipment.

In addition, plexiglass walls allow students to see what actually happens inside the panels during different manoeuvres.

  • Retrofit components
  1. Sion Vacuum Circuit Breaker

An essential equipment for switching operations in distribution systems. Vacuum switching chamber, high number of maintenance-free operations and large variety of accessories make this product perfect for installation in both new medium voltage panels and in retrofit projects.

  1. Current measurement transformer

This equipment is cast resin insulated. It can have from 1 to 4 secondary windings and a wide range of precision classes.

  1. Voltage measurement transformer

This equipment is cast resin insulated. It can have from 1 to 3 secondary windings and a wide range of precision classes.

In Romanian National Grid there are many retrofit project – medium voltage panels modernization, by replacing old components with new ones. Siemens Romania emphasizes on the importance that students are familiar with cutting-edge technology available for such projects.

Siemens Romania has been involved in education and research also by giving lectures. Vasile Cristea, Head of Distribution Systems – Smart Infrastructure, Siemens Romania, presented to the fourth-year students the latest solutions for equipping the power stations in Siemens’ portfolio.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability, and internationality for more than 170 years. Active around the world, the company focuses on intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems and on automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Siemens brings together the digital and physical worlds to benefit customers and society. Through Mobility, a leading supplier of intelligent mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is helping to shape the world market for passenger and freight services. Via its majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital health services. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power that has been listed on the stock exchange since September 28, 2020.

In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, the Siemens Group generated revenue of EUR 58.5 billion and net income of EUR 5.6 billion. As of September 30, 2019, the company had around 295,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations.

Source: Siemens Romania press release

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