Hitachi and Hitachi Plant Technologies Initiate Joint Research with King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia on Water Quality

  Hitachi and Hitachi Plant Technologies Initiate Joint Research with King
  Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia on Water Quality Monitoring Technology
  for Seawater Desalination Facilities

    Performance demonstration and improvement of Hitachi's new monitoring
                          technology in Saudi Arabia

Business Wire

TOKYO -- December 20, 2012

On November 14, Hitachi Ltd. (TOKYO:6501)("Hitachi") and Hitachi Plant
Technologies, Ltd. ("Hitachi Plant Technologies") signed an agreement with the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz University (KAU) (President, Prof.
Osama S. Tayek) for joint research on water quality monitoring technology to
be used in seawater desalination facilities.

Joint research agreement signing ceremony (Seated: Professor Osama S. Tayek,
President of KAU (cente ...

Joint research agreement signing ceremony (Seated: Professor Osama S. Tayek,
President of KAU (center), Dr. Koichi Tsuzuki, Vice President and Executive
Officer, Hitachi Plant Technologies (left), and Professor Adnan Hamza M.
Zahed, KAU Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research
(right))(Photo: Business Wire)

The joint research will focus on the demonstration and validation, evaluation,
and improvement of water quality monitoring technology developed at Hitachi's
Yokohama Research Laboratory (Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan) that will be used in
Hitachi Plant Technologies' seawater desalination plant. This work will be
conducted over a nearly two-year period in cooperation with KAU's Center of
Excellence in Desalination Technology (Executive Director Dr. Mohammed H.
Albeirutty; hereinafter "CEDT"), which is one of the most experienced
organizations in this field in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most important
markets for seawater desalination plants.

Seawater reverse osmosis plants based on reverse osmosis (RO) membranes are
widely used to obtain potable water and industrial water in regions such as
the Middle East, which have a serious shortage of water resource. An important
task in operating the Seawater reverse osmosis plants is preventing membrane
fouling caused by the foulants included in the seawater. An accurate
assessment of seawater properties based on its monitoring is essential for
controlling fouling and ensuring stable operation of the plants because the
operating parameters must be set in view of these properties.

The water quality monitoring technology developed at Hitachi's Yokohama
Research Laboratory measures the very small amount of substances in seawater
that cause RO membrane fouling using the quartz crystal microbalance method
(QCM method). The QCM method measures the mass of minute quantities of
substances adhering to a quartz oscillator by detecting changes in the
oscillator's natural frequency induced by the mass increase. This approach has
already been developed for film thickness sensors used in semiconductor
production equipment and other applications. Hitachi and Hitachi Plant
Technologies have studied the relationship between RO membrane fouling and
water quality monitoring data using the QCM method with view to controlling
operations for minimize fouling and optimizing the cleaning and replacement
intervals of RO membranes. Using actual seawater from the Red Sea, the joint
research with KAU's CEDT will demonstrate the performance of this system and
accelerate its commercialization. The Hitachi Group plans to use the results
of the joint research to expand business in engineering, procurement, and
construction (EPC) of seawater desalinization plants and their operation and
management business.

At the signing ceremony held on November 14 at KAU in Saudi Arabia, CEDT
Executive Manager Dr. Mohammed H. Albeirutty expressed his hopes for the
project, saying, "This project is an opportunity to blaze a new trail in
seawater desalinization plants by leveraging the advanced technology of
Hitachi and Hitachi Plant Technologies." Dr. Koichi Tsuzuki, Vice President
and Executive Officer of Hitachi Plant Technologies, echoed Dr. Albeirutty's
sentiment, saying, "It is our hope that Hitachi's technologies, not limited to
the fruits of this joint research project, will contribute to the further
development of Saudi Arabia." Hitachi and Hitachi Plant Technologies will
continue to hold discussions with KAU on expanding their areas of cooperation.

In recent years, the Hitachi Group has strengthened its presence in Saudi
Arabia. In October 2009, Hitachi opened a branch in the Saudi capital of
Riyadh to serve as a base for its operations. Hitachi Plant Technologies
became the first Japanese company to sign a corporate procurement agreement
(CPA) to supply and service compressors for oil-and-gas plants with the Saudi
Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) in June 2011 and in June 2012, established
Hitachi Saihati Engineering Services Co., Ltd. to provide industrial equipment
maintenance services. In January 2013, Hitachi Plant Saudi Arabia Co., Ltd.
(provisional name) will be established as a joint venture with the El Seif
Group to provide social and industrial infrastructure construction and
engineering business. The Hitachi Group considers this joint research
agreement with KAU as an important milestone in building-up ties with Saudi
Arabian research organizations for providing solutions to regional needs
through locally-led initiatives research and development.


Overview of KAU
                     King Abdulaziz University
University name    
                     www.kau.edu.sa
Location             Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Established          1967
Representative       President: Prof. Osama S. Tayek
                     A national university comprised of the Faculty of
                     Economics and Administration, Faculty of Arts and
Overview             Humanities, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine,
                     Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Environmental Designs,
                     and other departments
Number of students  Approximately 82,000
                     

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TOKYO: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading
global electronics company with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide.
Fiscal 2011 (ended March 31, 2012) consolidated revenues totaled 9,665 billion
yen ($117.8 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social
Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems,
power systems, industrial, transportation and urban development systems, as
well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For
more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at
http://www.hitachi.com.

Hitachi Plant Technologies, Ltd.

Hitachi Plant Technologies, Ltd. - Supporting Infrastructure with
Environmental and Energy-Saving Technologies - is a member of the Hitachi
Group. Harnessing its engineering capabilities, Monozukuri (manufacturing)
skills and project expertise, Hitachi Plant Technologies offers total
solutions for social and industrial infrastructures. The core businesses of
our group mainly comprise Social Infrastructure Systems (pumps, compressors
and water treatment systems), Industrial Systems (mechatronics, and chemical
and pharmaceutical plants), Air Conditioning Systems (industrial and building
facilities) and Energy Systems (nuclear and thermal power plants
construction). For more information on Hitachi Plant Technologies, please
visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi-pt.com.

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