Alstom joins forces with Aston University to develop energy grid systems

14/01/2013

Alstom has joined forces with Aston University scientists to further its research into power grid efficiency in the UK and worldwide.

Aston University is developing complex data theory for Alstom’s UK Grid business to help the company design and build smarter, more stable and environmentally friendly energy grid networks in the future.

Alstom will work with Aston’s Non-Linearity and Complexity Research Group (NCRG), which has a long-established successful reputation in the analysis of complex data and systems using various techniques including methods adopted from statistical physics.

The three-year PhD studentship project will see the development of theory and methodology, capable of managing complex and fluctuating electrical grid networks and associated logistic challenges in the future. This will include exploring how data and information can best be visualised and presented throughout the business where effective network control requires clear and informative representation of data.

The project was awarded via the Industrial Mathematics Knowledge Transfer Network and is part funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
David Saad, Professor of Informatics and academic lead on the project said; “We are delighted to be involved in this project, which will showcase how probabilistic methods and analysis can work in practice to help organisations find solutions to complex data problems.  This is particularly important for energy companies needing to find greater system efficiencies with grids and power networks facing increased capacity pressures as well as volatility in both production and demand.  The focus of this research, including the application of distributive probabilistic methods and visual informatics, could also be used for other areas such as telecommunication and traffic networks and therefore has the potential for broader technology transfer.”

Masoud Bazargan, Managing Director of SmartGrids Advanced Research and Network Planning at Alstom Grid, said; “This is an extremely exciting partnership for Alstom UK and reflects the firm’s ambitions to design and build solutions for smarter, more stable and environmentally friendly electricity grids. The NCRG team at Aston have significant experience working in this field and we are sure that their expertise will help us to develop efficient tools for managing complex systems, not only in the UK but also enable us to export grid management systems worldwide.”

For further information and to discover more about working in partnership with Aston University contact Emma Sutton in the Business Partnership Unit on 0121 204 4542 or e.sutton@aston.ac.uk.