Hermann Koch’s dedication to advancing gas-insulating switchgear (GIS) and line (GIL) technology for the power industry is enabling the safe transmission of high electric power over greater distances and into space-constrained environments where overhead power lines are not viable. Working with Siemens AG, Koch developed new insulating gas mixtures for high-voltage systems, adopted pipeline laying technology to electrical systems, and was responsible for the installation of the first GIL system using these new techniques in 2001. Koch has helped increase global access to GIS and GIL technology by promoting improved standardization efforts between the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and IEEE. He influenced IEEE to develop standards for high- and medium-voltage GIS and GIL and promoted IEC positions while a member of the IEEE Standards Activities Board.
An IEEE Fellow, Koch is a principle expert with the Energy Management Division at Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany.