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Shell opens tech hub in India

Technology hub will create new opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration, and drive relevant and affordable innovations

The 52-acre custom-built technology centre can house up to 1,500 experts
The 52-acre custom-built technology centre can house up to 1,500 experts

Shell has taken the wraps of a new technology centre in India.


The 52-acre custom-built Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB) heralds a stepping up of the company’s research and development (R&D) activities in Asia.


STCB can house up to 1,500 experts and brings together R&D staff who previously worked at separate locations across Bangalore.


By housing all R&D staff in one hub, it will create new opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration, and drive relevant and affordable innovations, the company said.


“Innovation and technology are vital to providing more and cleaner energy solutions for a growing world population,” said Harry Brekelmans, projects and technology director, Shell. “We consider R&D a fundamental part of Shell’s past and future success. Therefore, we continue to invest in people, projects and facilities, such as this high-tech hub.


The new centre houses a variety of technical experts, laboratories and technology demonstration units. It 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 also helping to pioneer efforts to turn forestry, agricultural and municipal waste into transportation fuels, with a new demonstration plant being built at the site.


“Collaboration across different disciplines and with other sectors externally is a key enabler of successful innovation,” added Brekelmans. "And collaboration is essential to meet our biggest challenge: timely development and deployment of the best and affordable energy solutions, for today and for the future as the world transitions to a low carbon energy system. Our new Bangalore technology hub brings together the right people in a city that buzzes with innovation.”


Specialists at STCB will work closely with experts from external industrial partners, universities and institutes. These collaborations help ensure a healthy influx of new ideas and speed up the deployment of new technology in operations.


Examples include chemistry and catalysis research with the Indian Institutes of Technology and collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the area of advanced computing.


Shell Technology Centre Bangalore is one of the three main technology hubs in the company’s global network of R&D centres, with the others located in the Netherlands and the US.


More than 4,000 staff work at these hubs and smaller technical centres on a broad range of projects, such as turning natural gas into more efficient and cleaner fuels, developing affordable technologies to unlock energy thousands of metres below the sea surface, and R&D projects on low carbon technologies.


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