India's Tata unit to develop green technology in Qatar

Company to invest $12mn in facility in Qatar Science & Technology Park.

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By  James Exelby Published  October 7, 2008

TCE Consulting Engineers, a subsidiary of Indian engineering conglomerate Tata Group, will invest $12 million over the next five years at Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) to develop engineering solutions for the environment industry, the company said on Tuesday.

The centre will initially focus on software to design "green" buildings, create a blueprint for a solar-thermal power station and come up with practical applications for new nanotechnologies, the company said in a statement.

"Buildings account for 40 percent of energy consumption worldwide, so with the right technology we can make a real difference in this area," A. P. Mull, TCE Consulting Engineers said.

"Meanwhile most leading universities around the world are developing nano-particles, which have the potential to bring immense benefit to society. We want to take the experimental work to the field in close cooperation with Qatar researchers and businesses" he added.

The company will open at QSTP's new research and development facilities in late 2008, and will eventually employ around 14 staff, half of whom will be researchers, it said.

Dr. Tidu Maini, QSTP's executive chairman, said "Tata has some very exciting expertise in energy and the environment, two of QSTP's strategic focus areas. We are proud to be partnering with them to bring these innovations to life and further grow Qatar's knowledge-based economy."

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