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Hitachi warms to government’s £100m heat programme

April 10, 2012

Tech company Hitachi has signed up to the UK government’s £100m project to manage and reduce demand for heat. The news was announced during the visit of David Cameron and David Willetts to Japan, Hitachi’s home country.

The deal will see Hitachi working with British companies and academics to make predictions about consumer demand for heat. And then – here comes the science bit – new technologies will be developed to reduce that demand. If the government is giving £100m of public money to a private company, those new technologies had better be good.

Never one to avoid an opportunity to say how great this will be for biz, Willetts said that the project has “the potential to generate significant commercial opportunities and expand the UK’s capability in low-carbon technologies”.

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