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Kahramaa and HBKU sign cooperation deal to benefit from QEERI’s laboratories

Kahramaa and HBKU sign
cooperation deal to benefit from QEERI’s laboratories

Tribune News Network
Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) represented by Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) have signed a cooperation framework to benefit from QEERI’s laboratories, one of the research institutes of HBKU.
The agreement-signing ceremony took place at HBKU’s headquarters in the presence of Kahramaa President Engineer Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, HBKU President Dr Ahmad M Hasnah and QEERI Executive Director Dr Marc Vermeersch.
The agreement was signed on behalf of Kahramaa by Director of Technical Affairs Eng Ahmed Al Nasr and by QEERI Executive Director Dr Marc Vermeersch on behalf of the institute.
As Kahramaa and QEERI aim to enhance their efforts to develop the water sector, improve the environment and build a sustainable economy in line with the goals and objectives of Qatar National Strategy 2018-2022, the agreement aims to establish cooperation to develop joint projects between them in relation to research projects regarding laboratories and materials, especially those related to the field of water and its quality.
The pact also includes service agreements for Kahramaa to benefit from the expertise and resources at QEERI, which will be provided as needed under this agreement. It also includes preparing reports that clarify the achievements and the results of the important research that will be carried out.
Kuwari said the agreement is important for Kahramaa and QEERI alike, as the two parties benefit from the available expertise available and through which they benefit from the resources set up by the state in the national institutes whose current capabilities and laboratories are equivalent to those at the global institute.
He added that, by signing the cooperation framework, Kahramaa will benefit from the laboratories of QEERI in several subjects, particularly in water quality and measuring of devices and equipment used in the water sector.
Dr Hasnah said, “As an innovative research university that endeavours to support national Qatari entities, HBKU is pleased to strengthen our relationship with Kahramaa through this new agreement. Our collaboration will enable Kahramaa to leverage QEERI’s technical and scientific expertise to support their institutional mandate and the country’s priorities in the areas of renewable energy and water quality.
“Our joint activities will no doubt foster innovation that meets the mutual interests of both institutions, especially toward building a sustainable economy in line with national goals and objectives. I am confident that our combined efforts will contribute considerably to innovative research and development and amplify our individual efforts on renewable energy.”
This cooperation will contribute to achieving the maximum benefit of natural resources according to global environmentally friendly systems to provide a clean, healthy, integrated and safe environment for future generations.
Dr Vermeersch expressed delight in the cooperation with Kahramaa, which will provide an opportunity for a number of joint research projects to take place.
He said, “Such projects will support innovation and development in a way that will be reflected on Qatar’s objectives with regard to a self-sustainable society that meets smart cities’ modern life requirements. The projects will also support Qatar’s steps towards a green future, achieve an economic and environmental balance to ensure the sustainability of water, energy and environment projects.
He added that he is proud of the capabilities and development that QEERI has witnessed over the past few years, including its laboratories’ obtainment of the international ISO certifications, as well as many research papers being approved by reputable international conferences, in a way that contributes to the scientific and economic growth of Qatar.
“Through our cooperation with Kahramaa, we seek to provide a healthy and safe environment for future generations in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 that promotes the sustainability goals of the natural resources,” he said.