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Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids.

Alstom has the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of thermal technologies – coal, gas, oil and nuclear – and holds leading positions in turnkey power plants, power generation equipment and air quality control systems, and services for the installed base. Alstom has the most comprehensive range of renewable power generation solutions today: hydro power, wind power, geothermal, biomass and solar.

With ocean energies, Alstom has been the leading supplier in hydro power, the largest source of renewable energy on the planet.

rod vanstone

Rod Vanstone
Principal Engineer
Alstom Power


Rod Vanstone has been engaged in development of new materials and new materials processes for the power generation industry since 1981. He has played a leading role in the development and exploitation of advanced steels enabling an increase in operating temperatures from 540 to 620C and also led the European AD700 project to develop nickel based materials for steam turbines operating above 700C.

Rod is a strong advocate of applying new tools for modelling of thermodynamic equilibrium, kinetics and forming processes to enable right-first-time demonstration of component prototypes and properties.

He is currently Manager of the Fe Alloy Development Dept within the Materials and Materials Processing arm of Alstom Power’s Technology division.