Shell continues to invest in research and development (R&D), spending around $1 billion each year for the last several years to turn ideas into commercially viable technologies. The majority of our research focuses on the near term, to help our existing businesses to reduce capital and operating costs, and to enhance customer products and services. This research also focuses on ways to lower energy consumption. For the long term, we aim to quickly acquire deeper insights into the science and engineering that underpins new energy technologies that can help create a lower-carbon future. 

Working with others

Our R&D projects often involve collaborations with public or private entities, including universities, government laboratories, technology start-ups and incubators. This collaborative approach to innovation with partners inside and beyond the energy sector helps spark new ideas and accelerates their development and deployment.

Our collaborations range from developing advanced fuels to improving data processing within the IT industry. For example, in the USA, we are supporting the Energy Biosciences Institute’s research into using biochemical processes to store and deliver energy. At the same time, we have extended our support for Greentown Labs, the largest clean-tech incubator in the USA.

We actively support open innovation through programmes such as Shell GameChanger, Shell Ventures and Shell TechWorks, to help speed up developments in areas such as natural gas, biofuels, solar power, water treatment, CO2 management and energy efficiency.

Shell GameChanger

Shell’s GameChanger programme works with start-ups and businesses on unproven early-stage ideas with the potential to impact the future of energy.

Shell TechWorks

We collaborate with technology entrepreneurs and start-ups outside the industry to help solve some of the greatest challenges in energy.

 

 

Shell Ventures

We invest, either as a venture capitalist or development partner, in companies to co-develop novel technologies relevant to our business.

Researching around the world

Shell operates a global network of technology centres, with major hubs in Houston, USA; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Bangalore, India.

Thousands of employees across the network work on R&D projects that include turning natural gas into more efficient and cleaner fuels, unlocking oil from rock layers thousands of metres below the sea surface, and reducing Shell’s net carbon footprint.

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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