Oil major Royal Dutch Shell is working on designing solutions in renewable energy in areas such as next-gen battery technology, in line with its CEO Ben van Beurden’s push towards clean energy.
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the centre.
“Shell is developing a waste-to-fuel technology called IH2 at the Technology Centre in Bengaluru that takes only a few minutes to achieve what nature requires a million years to do. This IH2 technology can be one of the game changers that can make my country a net exporter of energy,” Pradhan said in a statement.
As the third of its kind in the world, after the similar centres in the Netherlands and the US, the Bengaluru centre has experts, labs and technology demonstration units. The 21-hectare hub will host labs and demonstration centres where new ideas can be pursued and tested, and push efforts to transform waste products into low-carbon fuels for transport.
The company is also taking the help of start-ups, globally as well as in India to fuel its journey going forward. In India, Graviky Labs, a Bengaluru-based start-up, has worked on a retrofit technology that repurposes vehicular air pollution into screen printing ink.
India has ambitious targets for clean energy use but still relies heavily on coal to produce power in the vast nation of 1.25 billion where blackouts are common and many still lack access to electricity.
The latest addition to the global network will see experts drawing on the brains of Bangalore’s tech community known for its start-up culture and entrepreneurialism.