The spirit of collaboration can transform anything: from a piece of technology to even a song.

Six award-winning international musicians have collaborated with six start-ups and Shell to pledge worldwide support of more and cleaner energy. They include Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, Brazilian singer Luan Santana, British performer Pixie Lott, American dance act Steve Aoki, China’s pop-star Tan WeiWei and Nigerian idol Yemi Alade.

The song is called Best Day of My Life.

The ideas behind the music

Here we summarise the video and reveal some of the new technology that is receiving support from Shell.

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Gravity Light

Gravity Light are on a mission to help create electric light and power for more than a billion people living off the grid. Using gravity, a bag of rocks and a lot of knowledge, this low-cost solution will soon be lighting up lives around the world.

Bio-bean

The world loves its coffee. The UK alone produces over 500,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds each year, one tenth of which is now transformed into low-carbon biofuel.

Pavegen

The next step in energy innovation? This smart idea uses special tiles to capture the kinetic energy from footsteps. Imagine people helping to power the city they live in. That’s the future Pavegen is heading towards.

MotionECO

Solving multiple problems with one smart idea, MotionECO takes potentially harmful used cooking oil out of circulation and turns it into biodiesel that could reduce transport pollution. 

Insolar

Helping favelas in Rio de Janeiro build a better life through reliable energy with a little help from Brazil’s sunshine. Insolar use photovoltaic panels to bring affordable electricity to low-income families.

Shell Eco-marathon

What started life as a friendly wager between Shell scientists in 1939 is now a global student competition to design and build ultra-energy-efficient vehicles.

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