Shell employees with school children
Fuelling the FutureText Prachi Raturi
Road safety is a key aspect of corporate social responsibility at Royal Dutch Shell, one of the largest and most diversified international investors in India’s energy sector. The company’s employees engage on the topic with school kids, who are then motivated to become safety ambassadors within their families and society. Road safety is, of course, one of the many CSR activities at Shell. And CSR is an adjunct to its core business—that of creating quality energy.

ENERGISED WASTE

Royal Dutch Shell asserts that it has endeavored to remain committed to sustainable development in all it does. Shell discovered years before anybody else that sugarcane can help run your car. Further, it also discovered that Brazilian sugarcane is better for your car than its Indian counterpart. Ethanol made from Brazilian sugarcane produces around 70 per cent lower carbon dioxide emissions from production to use than petrol. It is the most widespread bio-fuel today. As the world’s largest distributor of biofuels, Shell was also one of the first companies to invest in developing advanced bio-fuels, using crop waste or inedible plants through new conversion processes.

The Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB) has evolved a unique waste-to-fuel technology for cost-effective and efficient conversion of agricultural and forest wastes, and even certain waste plastics, into hydrocarbon fuels like petrol, diesel, kerosene, etc. This could be a possible consolidated solution for future energy needs. The global energy behemoth’s search for solutions to growing energy needs is driving it to broaden its explorative frontiers in nature’s deep ocean waters and wind.

Shell Technology Centre, Bangalore

DOCTORATES FOR THE DESERVING

Technology solutions emerge out of cutting-edge research in science. Recently, the company has
invested in creating avenues to foster talent at the advanced science level. Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and Shell started a public-private partnership in basic research in the energy domain four years ago. Bright PhD aspirants will be pursuing their dreams at the STCB’s 40-acre <br/>facility from 2017 to 2020. The initiative comprises research projects for 75 PhD positions at Dutch

Shell technicians at work
A Shell facility

universities and major investment in the Dutch knowledge infrastructure.

Shell’s involvement in this initiative will enable it to use the programme as a recruitment pool of computational scientists for the STCB. The PhD positions in the ‘computational sciences for energy research’ programme have been filled with MSc / MTech scholars. The programme’s objective is to deliver innovative technology solutions for the world’s energy challenges.

Harry Brekelmans, executive committee member and projects & technology director, Royal Dutch Shell, explains, “Technical and competitive IT is a core part of our technology capability. It enables us to make better

decisions and manage our assets more efficiently. Only the brightest and best minds, along with cutting-edge hardware, will allow us to handle ever increasing volumes of data to deliver the energy that society relies upon.”

The five-year Computational Sciences for Energy Research (CSER ) initiative is supported by a € 45-million commitment from Shell and the NWO. Dr. Christa Hooijer, Director of the NWO’s Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), sees the scholarship as a major step in Indo-Dutch ties. “The CSER initiative is making a large contribution to the knowledge base in computational science. It is also further strengthening ties between India and the Netherlands by establishing strong relationships through education and talent,” she points out.

Shell headquarters, Den Haag, the Netherlands