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Air con, heat pumps and solar focus for Mitsubishi Electric's new R&D division

Mitsubishi Electric is looking to lead research on low carbon air conditioning, heat pump technology and solar power after launching a new research and development division in Europe.

The Energy and Environment division will be part of an expanded R&D centre based across two sites in Guildford in the United Kingdom and Rennes in France. Previously work on energy and environment products and technology was only carried out in Japan.

The R&D centre has previously been pivotal in researching cutting-edge technologies in communications and visual information since its establishment in 1995.

Now Mitsubishi Electric wants the centre to help increase its competitiveness in its air-conditioning, photovoltaic and other energy and environment-related businesses. The division will be led by Dr. Masato Koyama.

Shigenori Kino, President of the Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe, said: “As the European branch of Mitsubishi Electric’s Corporate R&D function we are very excited about the expansion of our R&D fields into Energy and Environment.

“As the issues of sustainability and energy-saving continue to take increased prominence across Europe, we look forward to collaborating with European universities and research organizations in order to advance our research and technical developments.

“We believe Mitsubishi Electric’s photovoltaic, air conditioning and heat-pump technologies have an important role to play in helping people across Europe combine a quality living environment with an energy conscious lifestyle.”

The Energy and Environment division in the UK will concentrate its research on heating and air conditioning systems by growing its existing team of talented research professionals.

Dr. Miroslaw Bober, General Manager of UK R&D operations, said: “Mitsubishi Electric is already playing an aggressive role in tackling environmental concerns in Europe by supplying the market with efficient energy saving air conditioners and Air-to-Water systems.

“The expansion of the UK R&D centre will strengthen our contribution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, by developing novel technologies to further improve the performance of air-conditioners and Air-to-Water systems.”

Other areas of research conducted by the new division will include photovoltaic systems, power electronics related technology, and international standardization of technologies in the environment and energy fields.