Alstom will design and build smarter, stable and eco-friendly energy grid networks in the future, in collaboration with Britain’s Aston University.

The varsity will develop complex data theory for Alstom’s UK Grid business, and will offer three-year PhD studentship project.

Alstom will work with Aston’s Non-Linearity and Complexity Research Group for the development of theory and methodology that could manage complex and fluctuating electrical grid networks and related logistic challenges.

The project, which is partly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), has been awarded through the Industrial Mathematics Knowledge Transfer Network.

Informatics Professor and academic lead on the project David Saad said that the project will exhibit how probabilistic methods and analysis can work in practice.

"This is particularly important for energy companies needing to find greater system efficiencies with grids and power networks facing increased capacity pressures as well as volatility in both production and demand," Saad added.

"The focus of this research, including the application of distributive probabilistic methods and visual informatics, could also be used for other areas such as telecommunication and traffic networks and therefore has the potential for broader technology transfer."