Research and development
Innovation will be critical for Shell to provide more energy with less environmental impact as the world transitions to a lower-carbon energy system.
Shell continues to invest in research and development (R&D) to improve the efficiency of our products, processes and operations, and to develop new technology solutions for the energy transition. In 2016, we invested $1,014 million in R&D.
We operate a global network of technology centres, with major hubs in Houston, USA, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Bangalore, India. These hubs carry out a range of activities, from building on existing technologies to designing breakthrough innovations.
Collaborating for innovation
We have programmes, partners and funding methods to help us develop new technologies.
Our R&D activities are complemented by research and technology collaborations with leading universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA, Imperial College in the UK, and the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
We have three main collaborative programmes that support the development of future energy technology: