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.
"Over a third of our UK workforce is based in Stafford, serving both local and international markets. Stafford has been our home for over a hundred years and with the on-going support of the community we are proud to continue this strong relationship. Our decision to deploy a AL40 million investment programme was hugely assisted by the award of AL4 million RGF support from UK Government."− Steve Burgin, Regional Vice-President, Northern & Central Europe, Alstom UK