Alstom expanding Tianjin hydro research center

Alstom's Renewable Power division is hoping to bolster its global reach by establishing a new "Global Technology Centre" at its hydro industrial facility in Tianjin, China.

The GTC is part of a US$122.4 million investment announced in November 2010, which will eventually see Alstom Hydro China become a "full value chain entity."

The company says the Tianjin facility's capabilities will range from research and development to sales and marketing, engineering design, sourcing, manufacturing, project management, installation maintenance and service.

"The initiative to establish a Global Technology Centre in Tianjin illustrates Alstom's commitment to accelerate competence and R&D capabilities in China," says Alstom Executive Vice-President Jerome Pecresse.

Alstom says the GTC has already begun research activities, and an additional laboratory is scheduled for completion at the site in summer 2013.

The company says the GTC was built in part to anticipate China's hydroelectric boom, which is expected to grow by more than 65% from 2011 to 2020 -- ultimately reaching a total installed capacity of 380 GW.

The Tianjin facility is the sixth of Alstom's hydro GTCs. The others are located in Grenoble, France; Birr, Switzerland; Sorel-Tracy, Canada; Vadaodara, India; and Taubate, Brazil.

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