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Nils Schweizer, Service Manager

Meet Nils, Service Manager and Team Lead. Originally from Sulzer GmbH, Nils came to Sulzer US for two years to aid in the company’s growth. One of his favorite parts of working here is the freedom and flexibility, and as he says “Just do it!”, which is a motto that has become part of our culture! Travelling is his passion, and among his list of prospective places to visit, he hopes to familiarize himself with his second home of New Jersey.

BMW ChargeForward

The Sulzer US team is proud to announce the successful launch of the BMW ChargeForward program, which tests the ability of electric vehicles to support the energy grid as a flexible grid resource.

A tremendous amount of work has been put in by the team here at Sulzer US and we are extremely proud of everyone’s efforts to get this project on the streets! But special notice goes to, George Magharious, who took the lead on the project. He comments that the app is a brilliant way to manage the charging time of users, while excluding rush hours to save energy. “Coming from a strong background in iOS development, I was excited to take on the challenge of working on an Android project. The project was an unexpected surprise that allowed me the freedom to explore the technology within the given parameters from the client. It’s very surreal to see an app that I worked on being talked about in the news!”

 

 

Ari Venrenen writes about the success of the program in her article, PG&E, BMW Pilot Successfully Demonstrates Electric Vehicles as an Effective Grid Resource:

 

“The newly released program results successfully demonstrate PG&E’s theory that EVs can be used as a flexible grid resource- which could ultimately lead to cost savings associated with operating and maintaining the grid as well as owning an EV.

‘As EV adoption continues to grow, the potential for these clean vehicles as a grid resource becomes more significant,’ said David Almeida, program manager for the PG&E and BMW iChargeForward pilot program. ‘The success of this pilot program helps to demonstrate the future possibilities of scaling the smart charging capabilities of this growing resource to support the energy grid.’

For the 18-month pilot, PG&E and BMW worked together to test how managed charging of customer-owned  EVs can benefit the grid during times of high demand. Throughout the program, PG&E sent demand response signals to BMW requesting a load reduction on the grid of up to 100 kilowatts. BMW selected vehicles for delayed charging- up to one hour delay per day- and sent a signal to the drivers through their existing BMW smart phone application.”

 

The success of the pilot grants BMW the chance to lead a second phase, which will explore optimizing charging events wherever the vehicle is charging-whether at home or on the go! Sulzer US enthusiastically looks towards the future success of this project!

 

See the full i ChargeForward article:

 http://www.pgecurrents.com/2017/06/08/pge-bmw-pilot-successfully-demonstrates-electric-vehicles-as-an-effective-grid-resource/

Learn more about the i ChargeForward technology, as well as our other solutions!

Introducing the BMW ChargeForward Program

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Eric An, Project Manager

Meet Eric, who engaged in the growth and development of young Sulzer US, as the company’s first Project Manager. Upon launching his career with Sulzer, he saw a rare, yet promising opportunity to act as a key player in its startup environment. Now, he enjoys working with a diverse group of people while delivering creative, innovative, and complex solutions to clients. Whiskey and wine tasting is his thing and he hopes to travel to Bora Bora, New Zealand, and Greece someday.

Sulzer Goes Spartan

Picture this: Your heart is beating heavily, muscles ready to give out, sweat dripping down your dirt covered face as you contemplate whether or not to tackle the dreadfully steep, muddy mountain waiting ahead of you, or turn back. You look to your team members in disarray as they give you the nod of approval to gather their last bits of energy and push to the finish.

 

Stumbling across the finish line, you are officially a Spartan warrior. This is what three of our Sulzer employees accomplished on Saturday, June 3rd at the Tuxedo Park Spartan Sprint.

 

 

A Spartan race is an obstacle course based race varying in distance and difficulty. Races include the Spartan Sprint, the Super Spartan, the Spartan Beast, and the Ultra Beast. Some of the obstacles include the spartan ladder, the ape hanger, ring the bell, barbed wire crawl, herc hoist, and fire jump.

The Spartan Sprint is about a 3-5-mile course, but the team clocked it around 4.9 miles from start to finish and strived to the end for 2 hours.

 

 

It was a rewarding feat for Sulzer’s team Null Mercy. Here’s what they have to say:

“The two most challenging obstacles of the race for me were definitely the barb wire crawl and the bucket carry challenges. I went into the barb wire crawl at a full energy because I definitely did not realize how long it was. I thought it was maybe like 10-20 yards, but when I got there, I realized that it was never ending.”

-Elliot, Front End Developer

 

“It was a lot of fun but the hill was very steep since it was on a ski mountain. Relish and mustard packets littered the trails because they are apparently good for you if you are dehydrated.”

-Reed, IT Support Specialist

 

“Overall, the race really is about teamwork. There were several obstacles where we helped one another complete them and cheered each other on for motivation. I couldn’t have gotten through some of the obstacles without them!”

-Lauren, HR Generalist

 

As the saying goes, “team work makes the dream work” and it definitely proved to be right for Null Mercy. Sulzer US is proud to have these Spartan champions as a part of their office team each day and we’re looking forward to seeing what other great things our people can do.

Are you up to the challenge?

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Julian Offermann, President

Dedication and endurance. That’s the secret to our president, Julian’s success. Five years ago, Julian sat alone and established Sulzer US, building the foundations of who we are today. He enjoys watching his people strive with their challenges and when he’s not working hard in the office, he’s playing hard on the soccer field.

BMW M Track Days Event

Not your average day in the office…some of our team members replaced their roller chairs and computer screens for Amaro brown Merino leather seats and an open raceway during BMW’S M Track Days Event last Tuesday, May 23rd.

Some of our participating Sulzer employees included our President, two Project Managers and three Developers who got the chance to drive in four main events! See the details on BMW’s page: https://mtrackdays.bmwusa.com/

The events included:

The Lead-Follow 

Instructors led participating drivers on an intense game of tag, demonstrating the full capacity of what the BMW M2 and BMW M3 can do. Under the supervision of an instructor, our Sulzer drivers could race their cars at speeds close to 100mph! This event was an obvious team favorite!

The Drag Race/Stop Box

Drivers experienced 0-60mph in just a few seconds, and were challenged to bring their ride to a halting stop within a proximity of just a few traffic cones in the shape of a box! Drivers raced in each of the M models which included the M2, M3, M6, X5M, and X6M. Our front end developer, Elliot remarks on his favorite event saying, “Drag racing these new vehicles was a ton of fun since I got to really step on the accelerator and feel the acceleration of the car”.

 Autocross

To highlight the features and capabilities of the BMW M4, drivers partnered up and competed for the fastest two laps around a track. Our fastest member was George, a mobile IOS developer, who placed 216th with a time of 00:22:971 seconds. After his win, George joked with the rest of the team, “It’s kind of funny, because to win I didn’t follow any of the instructions they told us…I just did it my way”. You can feel the intensity in the competition since the number one spot finished in 00:20:818 seconds!

 Instructor Hot Laps

Watch out and let the professionals take over. In this event, drivers sat shotgun as the instructors accelerated the ride, performing tricks and increasing speeds that couldn’t be done anywhere else!

The BMW M Track Days Event was absolutely a unique opportunity for our Sulzer employees to see their projects in a whole new way! And when the opportunity calls to interact with our own products, we race to it!