Strathclyde Launches Energy Research Alliance

The University of Strathclyde in Scotland has launched a three-way alliance with British Energy and Baltimore, MD-based GSE Systems for energy research and development.

As part of the roughly $8.8 million plan, GSE Systems will develop a new simulation training center, which will be housed in the university's engineering department.

"The [$7.85 million] investment in this simulation training and education [center] offers a unique facility that will provide the basis for research and education in the areas of real-time simulation, power station control, and advanced diagnostics," according to a document released yesterday by Strathclyde. "The simulator replicates actual control rooms with instrumentation and controls driven by computer models that replicate a plant’s actual response to normal operating conditions. These simulations will include [visualization] technology to enable the operator in training 'to see.' Thereby key decision making will be knowledge-based. Additionally, the simulators can be distributed and networked in real time."

The remainder of the investment will be used to create the British Energy Advanced Diagnostic Centre, which is being handled through a partnership between the university's Institute for Energy and Environment and British Energy. It's designed to deliver research, consultancy, training, and professional development in the areas of diagnostics and condition monitoring.

Commenting on the new partnerships, Jim McDonald, a professor and deputy principal at Strathclyde, said, "This underlines Scotland’s reputation as a world-leader in nuclear and power engineering and training."

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