Key representatives from Russian and international oil and petrochemical companies met with UNIHEAT project partners in Moscow recently to discuss the industrial applications for the energy efficient technologies and strategies expected from the project.
The VIP breakfast, held on 18th June 2013, marks the end of the first year of this £9.3m venture and was hosted at the British Ambassador’s residence in Moscow by Barbara Habberjam, Minister Counsellor, Economic and Trade & Investment.
Industry engagement for technology transfer
Among speeches by Barbara Habberjam and Vasily Belov from Skolkovo Foundation, key representatives from companies including Shell, SIBUR, Bashneft, LUKOIL and Schlumberger heard the UNIHEAT director, Cav. Prof. Sandro Macchietto from Imperial College London, give an overview of the project and how partnership with industry will facilitate the application of the project outcomes.
The project’s Industry Engagement Programme, which is led by Imperial Consultants and aims to involve industrial organisations to ensure that the outcomes of UNIHEAT are relevant and transferable to industry, was emphasised in Cav. Prof. Macchietto’s presentation.
“Engaging industry, either through partnership or knowledge transfer activities, is integral to the success of UNIHEAT. Ensuring that project outcomes are relevant and practical for industrial application is at the centre of our research programme.”
Chris McDevitt also spoke at the event on behalf of BP, who are already an industrial partner on the project:
“BP is proud to be a part of this ground-breaking project, which addresses a vital area in need of improvement in our industry.”