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Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland advises Warsaw University of Technology on agreement with Lotos Lab sp. z o.o. for R&D projects on low-emission transportation

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The firm’s managing partner, Tomasz Zalewski, and Katarzyna Klimczak, attorney at law on the IP &TMT team, have advised the Warsaw University of Technology in negotiation of an agreement with Lotos Lab sp. z o.o. for cooperation on R&D projects involving low-emission transportation and energy storage. The aim of the joint initiative is to develop prototypes for technological solutions for use in industry. The parties declared their intention to conduct thorough and flexible cooperation pursuant to specific contracts for individual projects to be concluded under the framework agreement negotiated by the firm.

The documents launching the joint R&D initiatives by the Warsaw University of Technology, the Lotos group, and the Lotos Lab company were signed on 25 September 2018. Deputy Secretary of Energy Tomasz Dąbrowski took part in the event. The cooperation agreement was signed by Warsaw University of Technology Rector Prof. Jan Szmidt, Grupa Lotos SA CEO Mateusz Aleksander Bonca, and Grupa Lotos SA VP for Innovation and Innovation Patryk Demski. The company designated Lotos Lab to perform the agreement as the entity pursuing tasks of initiating, coordinating, financing and implementing research and development projects within the Lotos capital group. The framework agreement between the company and the university was signed by Lotos Lab CEO Marzena Koczut and Lotos Lab VP Piotr Kociński.

Rector Jan Szmidt of the Warsaw University of Technology was quoted on the university website as saying, “The understanding and framework agreement with Grupa Lotos SA, a renowned industry partner pursuing numerous innovative projects, is particularly important for use as a technical university developing and implementing state-of-the-art technologies. We are pleased that the scientific potential of the Warsaw University of Technology, and in particular the faculties of Physics, Automotive and Construction Machinery Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, and Materials Science and Engineering, were recognized by the Lotos group and offered the opportunity for this cooperation. The university recognizes the great importance of technologies for storing and processing energy, as well as issues involving various types of sensors. I should stress that the fundamental and desired result of the work on these projects is to be prototypes for technological solutions that can be implemented in industry. Such practical capability is always incredibly important for the scientific community, and particularly for the Warsaw University of Technology, which has the ambition to contribute to creation of the modern Polish economy.”

The innovative projects conducted by Lotos Lab focus on two key areas: lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen isotopes (selected elements of the hydrogen value chain).

Under the agreement, the Warsaw University of Technology will provide labs and skilled staff to carry out defined tasks under specific projects. The research work will be conducted in particular at the Faculty of Physics, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, the Faculty of Automotive and Construction Machinery Engineering, the Faculty of Chemistry, and the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering. Lotos will be responsible among other things for support in acquiring the equipment, technology and licenses required for the work.

Tomasz Zalewski said: “We are pleased to have the opportunity to support the Warsaw University of Technology in this venture. The oil industry currently faces challenges connected with the abandonment of traditional energy sources in the nearer and nearer future, and transition to low-emissions transportation. We hope that the intellectual potential of the university and the research it conducts generate solutions allowing Polish industry to become an international leader of the low-emissions economy.”

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