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, spending more than $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 work with governments, world-class academics and industry specialists. We share ideas and expertise with partners inside and beyond the energy sector to drive innovation forward. Open innovation can help speed up and deliver more cost-effective developments in areas such as natural gas, biofuels, solar power, water treatment, CO2 management and energy efficiency.
We also develop innovative ways to make our operations more efficient and help manage water consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.