Shell opens new technology centre in India

Shell has opened a new technology centre in India. The 52-acre Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB) marks an expansion of the company’s research and development (R&D) activities in Asia. The […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Shell has opened a new technology centre in India.

The 52-acre Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB) marks an expansion of the company’s research and development (R&D) activities in Asia.

The STCB brings together up to 1,500 scientists and researchers who previously worked at separate locations in Bangalore.

It will be primarily made up of a series of laboratories and demonstration units, where staff will work on a wide spectrum of technologies and disciplines to drive relevant and affordable innovations.

One of these areas includes efforts to turn forestry, agricultural and municipal waste into transportation fuels, with a new demonstration plant being built at the site.

Specialists at the facility are working closely with experts from external industrial partners, universities and institutes.

Shell says these collaborations help ensure a healthy influx of new ideas and speed up the deployment of new products and services.

Harry Brekelmans, Shell’s Projects and Technology Director, said: “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.”

The oil and gas giant is to net $7.25 billion (£6bn) in a move towards oil sands divestment.

A £1 million fund is being provided to support oil and gas R&D in Scotland.