Researchers from Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), one of the three national research institutes under Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), gathered recently to present their research progress at QEERI’s second quarterly portfolio review workshop.

The three-day workshop was held at Education City, and highlighted key areas of scientific discovery undertaken by QEERI, within its recently consolidated six research portfolios – Water Security, Photovoltaics, Smart Grid, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency and Value Added Products, and Air Quality and Climate Change.

The quarterly portfolio review workshop is a scholarly forum for QEERI scientists to facilitate synergy, collaboration and dialogue. It enables the QEERI team to assess their recent successes and identify areas for improvement, and to continuously ensure that they are advancing towards the achievement of each portfolio’s research goals.

Dr Marwan Khraisheh, Acting Executive Director at QEERI, said that their research agenda is committed to meeting the needs of Qatar, in alignment with the country’s energy and water security challenges.

We then established a platform to review the progress on a regular basis, to identify opportunities for engaging with internal and external stakeholders, and to develop new innovations and technologies. Through the quarterly review workshops, we ensure that the work undertaken within the research portfolios aligns with the needs of Qatar. The workshop allows us to enhance synergies and collaborations within HBKU.’

The review workshop showcased several key achievements for QEERI across the various pillars of different research portfolios undertaken by the Institute. Within the Smart Grid Portfolio, QEERI has been working closely with several stakeholders including KAHRAMAA, Qatar Electricity and Water Company, Qatar Petroleum, and Qatar Meteorological Department to help the nation achieve its renewable energy targets, and increase the effectiveness and safety of its power grid structure.

At the workshop, QEERI researchers also presented their extensive work in the development of national environmental regulations for air quality. In close collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, QEERI scientists built frameworks and technologies to measure, manage and mitigate pollutants in the air, thus contributing towards better standards and practices in the fields of air quality and climate change.

Dr Khraisheh also noted the rapid pace of advancements at the Institute, and how a collaborative spirit of innovation and discovery drives the scientists.

The discussions at the Second Quarterly Review Workshop showcased several significant achievements and key challenges across the research portfolios, and clearly demonstrated that we are on the right track. QEERI is positioned to deliver on its mandate to assist Qatar tackle its energy and water security needs.’

QEERI is working closely with the public and private sectors, and with international organisations, to help the government meet the goals set forth by Qatar National Vision 2030, in moving towards a knowledge-based and sustainable economy.

To learn more about HBKU and its research initiatives, visit hbku.edu.qa.