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Readout of Secretary Chu's Middle East trip: Thursday, February 25

February 25, 2010 - 12:00am


Today, Secretary Chu was in Doha, Qatar, where he began the day by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Renewable and Alternative Energy with Deputy Prime Minister and Energy & Industry Minister Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah. The agreement provides a framework for bilateral cooperation with the Ministry and other Qatari institutions on clean energy innovation. He then met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.

In the afternoon, the Secretary participated in a roundtable focused on renewable energy, hosted by the Qatar National Food Security Program. He then traveled to the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) where he discussed research and deployment projects on composite flywheel storage, biofuels, solar and carbon capture and sequestration with Executive Chairman Dr. Tidu Maini and QSTP senior staff. He finished the day by delivering a speech on climate change and the path to a global clean energy future to approximately 300 QSTP students, faculty and government officials. He also held a roundtable discussion with local reporters.

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