Shell inaugurates Technology Centre in Bengaluru


Dutch oil and gas giant Shell has inaugurated a new technology hub in Bengaluru. The 52 acre R&D campus can house 1500 researchers, and is one of three major Shell technology hubs, with the other two located in the Dutch city of Amsterdam and the US city of Houston.

Shell says, specialists at Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB) will work closely with experts from external industrial partners, universities and institutes. These collaborations help to ensure a healthy influx of new ideas and speed up the deployment of new technology in its 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.

Harry Brekelmans, Shell’s Projects & Technology Director, present at the centre’s inauguration said, “Innovation and technology are vital to providing more and cleaner energy solutions for a growing world population. 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 Successful innovation, however, is more than just making balanced investments. Collaboration across different disciplines and with other sectors externally is a key enabler of successful innovation. 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 is synonymous with innovation.”

Nitin Prasad, Chairman of Shell Companies in India added,”The IH2 – waste to fuel – technology that we are currently piloting here in Bangalore, among other automotive solutions in fuels and lubricants, is an example of that vision coming to life. As this centre becomes fully functional and scales up, we hope to work on several more pioneering technologies that will contribute to India’s and the region’s sustainable energy future.”

Sada Iyer, Vice President Engineering said, “The new STCB centre brings together R&D staff who previously worked at separate locations in Bangalore, and provides additional space for high-tech innovation and demonstration facilities. By housing all R&D staff in one centre, the technology hub will create new opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration, and drive relevant and affordable innovations for India and the world.”

Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Govt. Of India, H.E. Alphonsus Stoelinga, Ambassador of Netherlands to India, R.V. Deshpande, Minister for Industries, Govt. Of Karnataka, Krishna Byre Gowda, Minister for Agriculture, Govt. of Karnataka, were present at the event.

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