Alstom inaugurates hydropower manufacturing facility in China

Alstom announced it has inaugurated its new hydropower manufacturing facility at Tianjin in China.

The new factory will place Alstom in a better position to supply its customers in China and elsewhere, while offering opportunities for further expansion in China's healthy hydropower market, which accounts for 22 percent of the country's electricity generation capacity and is expanding at a rate of 15 GW per year, Alstom reported.

The new site is to be named Alstom Hydro China Co. Ltd (AHC) and will, over time, fully replace Alstom's original factory in China, Tianjin Alstom Hydro (TAH). Its construction is taking place in two main phases, with phase one already operational. To ensure gradual transition of the workload, Alstom's existing factory TAH will remain operational until the second phase has been fully completed.

Representing an investment of about 110 million euros (US$156.5 million), AHC is Alstom's first carbon-neutral manufacturing site in China. Its energy-efficient design includes double insulation, heat recovery systems, a geothermal heating and cooling system that consumes 43 percent less energy, rainwater recycling and solar photovoltaic panels that will provide electricity for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation for the entire factory. In addition, skylights have been installed to take full advantage of natural light.

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