Global oil major Shell on Friday opened a new technology hub in Bengaluru, its third largest in the world. The centre spread over 52 acres, can house up to 1,500 scientists, who would collaboratively work on worldwide innovative energy projects.
Global oil major Shell on Friday opened a new technology hub in Bengaluru, its third largest in the world. The centre spread over 52 acres, can house up to 1,500 scientists, who would collaboratively work on worldwide innovative energy projects. The company declined to disclose the investment in its tech centre. The Shell Technology Centre is one of the three main technology hubs in Shell’s global network of R&D centres, with the other two located in the Netherlands and the USA. The new centre houses a variety of technical experts, laboratories and technology demonstration units, the company said in a statement.
The Centre is home to a wide spectrum of technical disciplines and has specific expertise in fields such as liquefied natural gas, subsurface modelling, data analysis, engineering design, bitumen, distillation, water technology and enhanced computational research. The centre is also helping pioneer efforts – using its IH2 (waste to fuel) technology – to turn forestry, agricultural and municipal waste into transportation fuels, with a new demonstration plant being built at the site.
Union minister for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan, who inaugurated the centre said, “India has an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the world’s incremental energy needs in the years ahead. Shell is developing a waste to fuel technology called IH2 at the Technology Centre in Bengaluru that takes only a few minutes to achieve what nature requires a million years to do.”
“This IH2 technology can be one of the game changers that can make my country a net exporter of energy. About 1,500 young scientists of Indian origin who will work at the Shell Technology Centre Bengaluru are India’s contribution to meeting the world’s energy requirement,” he said.
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Shell Technology Centre in Bengaluru shall function as the Asia technology hub for the Shell group. Being the third of its kind globally, it is a hallmark of Shell group’s commitment to India and to a low-carbon Indian energy future, Nitin Prasad, chairman of Shell Companies in India said.
“Shell sees India as a heartland-of-talent, proficient at generating best-in-class ideas, insights and business models and thus our centre’s establishment is quite complementary to the government’s focus on innovation and their keenness to build world-class technological skills in India for India,” he said. The centre is slated to play a prominent role in Shell India’s aspiration to custom-build a portfolio of new energy solutions specifically suited to India’s energy challenges, he added.