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The need to meet growing energy demand with less environmental impact demands creative solutions. Bright ideas from our people and partners have already sparked some groundbreaking technologies. We continue to work with others to find new solutions for the future.
People and organisation
Our global community of nearly 45,000 technical and engineering staff develop and deliver technical solutions to our projects throughout the world.
Around 10% of our technical staff carry out research and development at our technology centres in 11 countries. Their knowledge and creativity help us to meet the world’s growing need for energy in a socially and environmentally responsible way.
Our internationally recognised chief scientists help to enhance the expertise of our staff and act as ambassadors for Shell technology, collaborating with academics and other industry experts to lead the way in their area of expertise. They work with our Chief Technology Officer to develop and deliver technology that supports our current business and to identify emerging technologies that will shape the future of energy.
In Houston, the USA, in Amsterdam and Rijswijk in the Netherlands, and in Bangalore, India, our technical centres focus on innovation, developing new technologies and improving existing ones.
Elsewhere – including in the UK, Canada, Germany, Norway, Oman, Qatar and Singapore – seven other centres focus on product development, marketing support and providing specific technical assistance to regional operations.
Across our centres, teams of different disciplines integrate to accelerate technology planning and use. For instance, geologists, engineers and geophysicists can link up through 3D virtual reality systems to work simultaneously on the best development plans for reservoirs around the world.
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Investing in the future
Shell has been the largest investor in research and development among the major international oil firms over the last five years. In 2010 we spent around $1 billion on the research and development of technologies that will be needed to produce more and cleaner energy, and more efficient fuels and products for our customers.
Our GameChanger programme encourages people to submit ideas that focus on energy and environmental challenges. We select the best ideas and provide the support needed to prove that they could work. Since it started in 1996 GameChanger has invested over $250 million in more than 2,000 ideas and helped turn around 200 into successful projects.