Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland has advised the Warsaw University of Technology on its entrance into an agreement with Lotos Lab sp. z o.o. to cooperate on R&D projects involving low-emission transportation and energy storage.
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 September 25, 2018.
Poland's Deputy Secretary of Energy Tomasz Dabrowski took part in the event. The cooperation agreement was signed by Warsaw University of Technology Rector Jan Szmidt, Grupa Lotos SA CEO Mateusz Aleksander Bonca, and Grupa Lotos SA VP for Innovation and Innovation Patryk Demski.
According to Eversheds Sutherland, “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.”
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 .... 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 projects conducted by Lotos Lab will focus on two key areas: lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen isotopes.
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.
The Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland team included Managing Partner Tomasz Zalewski and Attorney-at-law Katarzyna Klimczak.
Eversheds Sutherland did not identify the firm representing Lotos Lab.