Chevron Corporation has announced plans to commit $20m (£14m) over five years to establish a centre of excellence for renewable power and energy efficiency in Doha.
In partnership with the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), Chevron will create the Center for Sustainable Energy Efficiency, which intends to focus on developing technologies in lighting and cooling that work effectively in the Middle East climate.
The centre, expected to open in late 2009, also anticipates conducting research in the development and application of renewable power, such as solar, and developing and training Qatari engineers, scientists and students to build expertise and capabilities within the country.
‘Finding smarter ways of using energy is no less important in Qatar than in the rest of the world,’ said Dr Tidu Maini, executive chairman of QSTP. ‘By taking a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to energy research, Chevron’s QSTP centre will help position Qatar at the forefront of environmental technologies globally.’
The Center for Sustainable Energy Efficiency will be supported by expertise in energy efficiency and renewable energy drawn from Chevron’s technology companies, including Chevron Energy Solutions (CES).