Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire is a leading UK centre for power conversion and a location of choice for many of the major firms involved in the energy transmission supply chain. Investors such as GE Power Conversion, ABB and Siemens Wind Power are all located here.
GE’s Staffordshire training facilities include generator and steam turbine engineering training centres, a state-of-the-art welding facility, and a world class lifting & rigging facility, as well as a broad range of training at its Grid Technical Institute.
Siemens Research Centre at Keele University is a significant investment in wind power research and development. The centre specialises in developing power converter technology, converting and controlling the electrical power from wind turbine generators into a form compatible with the electricity grid.
Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire is a centre for electric power transmission, smart grid and building automation technologies with businesses like GE Grid, developing smart grid technologies from its UK headquarters and global training centre in Stafford; and specialists in building automation and energy management such as Siemens Building Technologies and Elster Metering.