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Bright ideas from our people and partners can spark ground-breaking technologies. Over the coming decades the need for creative solutions will grow as society seeks ways to meet growing energy demand for energy with less environmental impact. We work with partners in universities and other companies to better understand these challenges and find ways to overcome them.


New x-ray machine to help produce more energy

A revolutionary 3D scanner will give scientists unique insights into ways to pump more oil from older fields.

Could sun-charged batteries power our homes?

Combining solar or wind energy with new, more affordable batteries could transform the way some of us use electricity at home.

The secrets of the EcoGenie

An experimental house in the Netherlands reveals how renewable technology can cut energy bills and carbon emissions from old homes.

Hydrogen cars hit the highways

Emissions-free cars move closer to the mass market with help from governments, car makers and a growing network of refuelling stations.

Bubble surfing brings savings

Similar techniques to those used by penguins to swim quickly and easily are now being used to cut fuel use and pollution from ships.

Eye in the sky

See how we are using high-tech drones to go places humans would rather avoid.

The art of collaboration

See how our scientists are applying advanced analysis techniques to oil paintings, helping preserve great works of art for future generations.

Deeper and smarter for Asia’s future energy

The Gumusut-Kakap offshore platform was built entirely in Malaysia. It is bristling with advanced technology designed to unlock essential energy resources safely from below seas 1,200 metres deep.

Sparking innovation: turning ideas into reality

Meet an inventor inspired by a toy rubber dinosaur to keep water out of wells and another who applied MRI scanning to improve understanding of how fluids move through rock, both funded by GameChanger.

Learning to drill deeper and more safely

In Malaysia, we are training engineers to drill wells to the highest safety standards, as we do at three other specialised centres around the world.

Drillships, the next generation

New fuel-efficient ships help enhance safety and productivity.

Underbalanced drilling

Drilling with lower pressure can help prevent damage to oil reservoirs and increase production.

Giving a giant oilfield a steam bath

After a break of 15 years, Schoonebeek, one of north-west Europe’s largest onshore oilfields, is back on-stream thanks to technological advances and human resourcefulness.

Innovating at new depths

Watch how we have gone into ever deeper waters over the past century to safely produce new energy resources.

Natural gas – the smaller, smarter way

We are downsizing technology to squeeze natural gas from the smallest of fields – enough for a small town.

Building energy projects like clockwork

See how we’re using a multi-dimensional approach to help designers, engineers and suppliers deliver big energy projects safer and sooner.

3D printing

A 3D printer is causing instrument makers at the Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam to change the way they think.

Floating a big idea

Barend Pek is part of the team helping turn the revolutionary idea of turning natural gas to liquid at sea, boosted by early funding from Shell GameChanger.

Sailing into the future

A sleek and versatile concept tanker, designed by Shell to handle a wide range of sea and load conditions, could make the delivery of natural gas cleaner and more efficient in the future.

Powerful partners: sun, wind and natural gas

Some companies are creating hybrid plants that combine renewable energies with traditional fuels such as natural gas.

China’s young eco-warriors get a boost

China has been striving to sustain rapid economic growth and supply the energy that supports it, while also working to protect the environment. Shell is helping with a scheme that encourages young people to improve the environment in their towns and cities.

Cleaner coal

Shell technology can now turn virtually any coal – the world’s most abundant fossil fuel - into synthesis gas, a mix of hydrogen and carbon monoxide that burns as cleanly as natural gas.

Extracting heavy oil

Thick, heavy oil does not flow well and is hard to extract. We are finding ways to unlock this valuable resource.

Wind and sun power one-legged platform

Unmanned platforms that produce virtually no CO2 emissions are helping to recover isolated pockets of oil and gas from under the sea.

Can meditation lead to innovation?

Shell GameChanger Mandar Apte receives League of Intrapreneurs award for his programme to inspire innovation through meditation.