Maidenhead, 15 January, 2007



PRESS INFORMATION RELEASE DATE: Immediate Aquafree The new AquaFree is the latest addition to the Hitachi product range. The system comprises of a Hitachi DC Inverter Heat Pump outdoor unit and a water module indoor unit and can provide efficient water heating for a variety of applications to include low temperature radiators, under floor heating and swimming pools. It also has the added feature of offering partial cooling for those hot summer months.

The AquaFree system incorporates a set of technical benefits that make it one of the most attractive on the market. It has a large operating range and can effectively provide heating in outdoor temperatures ranging between -20° and 20°C and partial cooling in outdoor temperatures of between 20° and 48°C.

The AquaFree's most significant feature is the significant reduction in running costs when compared to traditional boiler systems, with estimated annual savings of up to 60% of those incurred from using standard electrical water heaters.

About Hitachi Europe Ltd. Hitachi Europe Ltd., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Japan. Headquartered in Maidenhead, UK, it has operations in 15 countries and employs 470 people across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As a 'Best Solutions Partner' Hitachi Europe tailors its services and solutions to meet the specific needs of its customers. Hitachi Europe comprises eleven key business areas: power and industrial systems; rail; industrial components & equipment; information systems; high performance computing; digital media; display products; air-conditioning and refrigeration systems; procurement and sourcing; corporate technology group (research & development) and the Hitachi Design Centre. For more information about Hitachi Europe Ltd., please visit .

About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 356,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2005 (ended March 31, 2006) consolidated sales totalled 9,464 billion yen ($80.9 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

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