Alstom (Euronext: ALO) is celebrating the opening of its new hydropower technology headquarters at Grenoble in France.

The centre will have an initial complement of 650 staff but intends to bolster this with futher technical expertise to create an international network of hydropower experts.
Alstom HEP Centre opening
The company has doubled the capacity of its hydraulic test laboratory, which currently has six test-rigs.

Commenting on the inauguration, Alstom R&D and product marketing vice president Maryse François-Xausa said, “Hydropower has great potential for growth worldwide, especially in Europe and we must be in a position to support intermittent energy sources such as wind or solar power.”

Alstom has developed other such centres in Switzerland, Canada, India, Brazil and China.

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