Qatar University and Hitachi Group sign agreement on energy-efficient technologies
Agreement was signed at Hitachi headquarters in Japan
Qatar University, Hitachi Ltd and Hitachi Plant Qatar have signed a comprehensive university-industry agreement to collaborate on environmental and energy efficiency technologies in the area of infrastructure systems.
The agreement, which was signed by Qatar University President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, Hitachi President and CEO of Infrastructure Systems Company, Kunizo Sakai, and Hitachi Plant Qatar CEO Hideyuki Ariyasu at Hitachi headquarters in Japan, says that the three parties will collaborate on the review and selection of research and development themes concerning advanced technologies that are suited to the environment and the needs of Qatar and the Middle East region over the next three years.
Prof Al Misnad said: "Qatar University is pleased to work with Hitachi through this collaboration on contributing to energy efficiency and water conservation strategies in Qatar. The partnership will serve a wide range of ongoing and planned development projects in Qatar, and as such is very much in line with QU's commitment to addressing national priorities while offering opportunities for students to gain knowledge, experience and skills that empower them to drive the country's development and progress in the future".
To address solutions to the country's energy-related issues, the three parties will review and select joint research and development themes primarily in three fields: energy-efficient air conditioning, water treatment and recycling, and energy efficient management.
The framework of the agreement also includes interaction and exchanges whereby Qatar University students and Hitachi engineers will participate in internships and other activities.
Hitachi president and CEO of Infrastructure Systems Company, Kunizo Sakai said: "Hitachi is honoured to enter into this comprehensive industry-university collaboration agreement with Qatar University, which is conducting a host of innovative initiatives in Qatar. Besides making effective use of the joint research achievements, we intend to demonstrate the collective capabilities of the Hitachi Group in order to develop business activities closely tied to customers and the region as One Hitachi. In doing so, we aim to contribute to the development of Qatar and the larger Middle East region".