Alstom and University of Nottingham celebrate second collaboration anniversary


Today, Alstom and the University of Nottingham mark the second anniversary of their collaboration, with senior staff from the two institutions to enjoy a special celebration.

The collaboration, signed in 2012, was a natural partnership – University of Nottingham is a world leader in power electronics technology and Alstom Grid is a commercial leader in the area. As a result of the partnership, Alstom Grid’s Dr Colin Oates has become an Associate Professor at the University. David Trainer and Omar Jasim, from the company’s research team, are based in office facilities within the University.

Colin Davidson, Chief Technology Officer for Alstom’s High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) technology, said, “Given that we’re both world leaders in the field of power electronics, creating such a collaboration was natural choice for both of us. We can already see very positive outcomes from the tie-up in some highly technical areas of HVDC technology and are delighted to be able to celebrate a second successful year of working together.”

Professor Jon Clare, who leads the activity at Nottingham, said, “We are delighted to be working with Alstom Grid, one of the global leaders in power electronics for grid applications. The partnership gives real industrial relevance and exploitation routes for our research and the day to day interaction with Alstom Grid staff based at the University is of great value to both partners. It is also good to see that the relationship is providing an excellent talent pipeline for Alstom Grid, with many Nottingham University graduates and researchers taking up employment in Stafford.”

Moving forward, the University will work with Alstom to complete prototyping work on a number of projects before looking to develop the third generation of Alstom’s VSC technology.

Alstom in the UK
In the UK, Alstom is active in the rail, power and electricity transmission sectors, operates from 30 sites and employs more than 6,500 people across the country. Around a third of all rail journeys in the UK are made on Alstom rolling stock, our generating kit powers half of the UK’s power stations, we are testing new tidal turbine technology in waters off Orkney, and we operate the only large-scale transformer manufacturing facility in the UK. Our sites in Stafford and Rugby have been at the forefront of engineering developments since the 19th-century and continue to produce cutting edge technology for projects across the world.

Alstom Grid has one clear vision: to develop innovative solutions for a flexible, reliable, affordable and sustainable electrical grid, everywhere. We design, manufacture, install and service the power transmission and distribution products and systems that empower the planet’s low carbon economy... for now and for the future. Alstom Grid has over 130 years’ experience and ranks among the top three in the electrical transmission sector with an annual sales turnover of €3.8 billion. Alstom Grid’s 17,000 employees are spread across 87 manufacturing and engineering sites worldwide and have one common mission: be our customers’ trusted partner, from the source to the city.

We are energising a smarter world… with Alstom.

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