Shell has been a technology pioneer for more than a century. Today we are one of the largest investors in research and development (R&D) among international oil and gas companies. We employ around 43,000 technical and engineering staff and spend $1 billion each year to turn ideas into commercially viable technologies.

Scientists and researchers at our R&D facilities around the world work across time zones to develop ground-breaking innovations. These range from fuels and lubricants that help customers use less energy to the world’s largest floating production facility to unlock and liquefy natural gas at sea, Prelude FLNG.

We also develop innovative ways to make our operations more efficient and help manage water consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. In Canada, for instance, our Quest project will capture and store up to one million tonnes of COfrom our oil sands operations every year, and store it safely underground.

Working with others

We work with governments, world-class academics and industry specialists to help meet the world’s growing energy needs, and we share ideas and expertise with partners inside and beyond the energy sector to drive innovation forward. For example, we are openly sharing our knowledge and experience gained from developing Quest. Our collaborations range from developing advanced fuels to improving data processing within the IT industry.

We actively support such open innovation because it can help speed up and deliver more cost-effectively developments in areas such as natural gas, biofuels, solar power, water treatment, CO2 management and energy efficiency.

Researching around the world

We operate a global network of R&D centres. These include three major technology hubs located in India, the Netherlands and the USA.

More than 5,000 scientists and technical specialists work at these hubs on a broad spectrum of projects, such as turning natural gas into more efficient and cleaner fuels, developing technologies to unlock energy thousands of metres below the sea surface, and improving energy efficiency in our own operations.

Shell Technology Centres

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The Atrium in Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam

Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Shell founded its first laboratory in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1914. Nearly a century later, the new and completely redesigned Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam took its place. This large complex houses around 1,300 people in labs and offices, yet its efficient design means that it emits almost no CO2.

Research in Amsterdam has created technology turning natural gas into liquids for lower-emissions transport fuel and other products; concrete which uses sulphur for stronger, more environmentally friendly roads; and a more efficient chemical process for making raw materials for everyday items from pillows to plastic bottles.

Shell scientists also partner with local universities to share expertise and resources.

Houston, Texas, USA

Inside the Shell Technology Centre, Houston

Shell Technology Center Houston, Texas, USA

More than 2,000 Shell scientists and engineers work at Shell Technology Center Houston in Texas, USA, a laboratory and office complex of more than 90,000 square metres (one million square feet). Three Shell Chief Scientists have their base there, each an expert in fields ranging from catalyst technology to reservoir engineering.

Our world-class researchers are developing and advancing technologies to unlock tightly trapped natural gas, catalysts to speed up chemical reactions, and researching opportunities to make liquefied natural gas (LNG) into a transport fuel. Specialised equipment at the centre includes a wave tank for testing the design of deep-water structures.

Bangalore, India

Inside the Shell Technology Centre in Bangalore

Shell Technology Centre Bangalore, India

The Shell Technology Centre in Bangalore (STCB) is the latest addition to Shell’s global network of technology hubs and smaller technical centres. The 52-acre, custom-built technology centre can house up to 1,500 experts, who will collaboratively work on global innovative energy projects.  

The Bangalore technology centre is home to a wide spectrum of technical disciplines and specific expertise in fields such as liquefied natural gas, subsurface modelling, data analysis, engineering design, bitumen, distillation and enhanced computational research. The centre is helping to pioneer efforts to turn forestry, agricultural and municipal waste into transportation fuels, with a new demonstration plant being built at the site. 

Specialists at STCB also work closely with external industrial partners, universities and institutes. These collaborations help to speed up the development and deployment of energy technologies.

Technical Centres and offices

People working in a laboratory in technical centre

Network of technical centres and offices

Several smaller technical centres in our network are located close to our customers and other partners, and provide tailored services. Our technical centre in Hamburg, Germany, specialises in engine, gearbox and vehicle technology. Other centres are located in Canada, China, Norway, Oman and Qatar. 

We also have a network of offices across the world to support our research and operational projects.

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