University signs technology partnership agreement with global engineering group

Posted by ap507 at May 13, 2014 01:55 PM |
University to host launch event to celebrate agreement with Alstom on Wednesday 14 May

The University, through its departments of Engineering, Maths and Computer Science, will hold a launch event to celebrate the development of a collaborative framework agreement with international engineering company Alstom on Wednesday 14 May between 9:00am – 1:00pm in the Engineering Building.

The agreement will see the University and Alstom collaborate in areas of research related to energy hardware and infrastructure using a range of mechanisms, including contract research, consultancy, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), student projects, TSB and Horizon 2020.

Alstom will develop a branded presence in the University's Department of Engineering and the partnership’s activities will be communicated through a dedicated website and communications. The partnership will actively explore opportunities for broader provision of training within Alstom and recruitment of Leicester graduates.

Professor Sarah Hainsworth from the Department of Engineering said (pictured) said: “We have worked collaboratively with Alstom for a number of years on research that explores the potential use of new materials and technologies in steam turbines which have the capacity to increase power plant efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.  It is exciting to research in areas that have a direct benefit to solving challenging issues affecting our environment and planet.  The partnership formally gives us a platform to explore new opportunities.”

The University has a number of active links with Alstom. The Department of Engineering supports research and development at Alstom Grid through its Power Group and Alstom Power through its Mechanics of Materials Group and Thermo Fluids Group.  The Department of Mathematics also works with Alstom Power, providing interns to the methodology for tools group.

Over the past 18 months, the University of Leicester has worked with Alstom to develop a long term strategic framework agreement to formalise the aspirations to longevity, breadth and strategic value of a formal commercial partnership.