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Shell and advanced biofuels
For the future we are developing advanced biofuels from new sources using advanced conversion processes. These processes can potentially produce more efficient fuels with lower CO2 emissions and fuels that can be blended with in higher proportions with petrol and diesel.
Shell was one of the first energy companies to invest in advanced biofuels from non-edible plants and crop waste. We continue to invest in a range of projects and have our own research teams in the UK, the USA, the Netherlands and India.
Whether an advanced biofuel achieves commercial scale depends on overcoming a range of technical and economic challenges. Over the last ten years we have evaluated many different technologies in this area and set up five pilot plants with different partners. Now we are focusing on the commercialisation of a few select technologies and performing most of our technical work in-house.
Westhollow Technology Center Pilot
We have built a pilot plant at our Westhollow Technology Center in Houston, USA, to produce biofuels that do not need to be blended with petrol or diesel.
This eliminates the need for additional blending and storage infrastructure, as well as engine modifications. The plant uses a process that converts plant sugars and inedible biomass into a range of products, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.