Alstom receives government funding for grid facilities

French conglomerate Alstom has been awarded £4m by the government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF), for an investment programme at its Alstom Grid facilities in Stafford.

The RGF funding is designed to encourage enterprise, growth and jobs in the private sector and will help develop essential R&D facilities at Alstom’s grid engineering site.

The site, one of Alstom Grid’s five global technology centres, counts among its activities the development of advanced High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) systems designed to enable highly efficient electricity exchange between networks, high voltage transmission over very long distances and also for the connection of large-scale renewable power generation projects, such as offshore wind farms, to electricity grids.