Shell Innovation Summit Puts Collaboration In The Spotlight
HOUSTON, Jan. 9, 2013
HOUSTON, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Shell launched today a two-day
Innovation Summit at the recently expanded Shell Technology Center in Houston.
The event brings Shell business and technology leaders together with
cross-sector experts to explore how collaboration, particularly among unusual
partners, can generate innovative thinking and new ideas on complex societal
issues, such as the increasing stress among food, water and energy.
"Shell has spent over a billion dollars a year on researching and developing
new technologies – more than any of our peers. This investment in innovation
and a consistent commitment to collaboration are essential to spark new ideas
and develop solutions to today's and tomorrow's challenges," said Matthias
Bichsel, director of Projects & Technology at Royal Dutch Shell. "They are the
keys to delivering much needed energy in a more sustainable way for a rapidly
growing global population and ensuring improved living standards for millions
of people now and in the future."
The Innovation Summit also is serving as the rededication of Shell Technology
Center Houston, following extensive remodeling and expansion. Following its
rededication, Shell Technology Center Houston will be the largest of Shell's
three global technology hubs alongside Amsterdam in The Netherlands and
Bangalore in India.
The Innovation Summit features an interactive exhibit hall and two days of
speakers and panelists focused on the value of innovation, technology and
collaboration, such as Shell's work with NASA and The University of Texas MD
Anderson Cancer Center.
"Our collaborative work with organizations, such as X PRIZE Foundation, MD
Anderson and NASA, and other technical partnerships, such as Scuderia Ferrari,
Penske Racing and Hendricks Motorsports, will continue to provide the
ingredients of potential breakthroughs for energy, fuels and engine oil, space
exploration, and even public health," said Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil
Company and Director of Upstream of Royal Dutch Shell's subsidiary companies
in the Americas.
Other sessions explore the future of energy, including technologies, tight
gas, nanotechnology, high performance computing, and mobility including
"Real innovation relies on co-creation, collaborative problem-solving and
cultivating next-generation ideas from within and outside our company to
pioneer unique solutions," said Gerald Schotman, chief technology officer and
executive vice president, Innovation Research & Development at Royal Dutch
Shell. "Advanced technologies continue to generate new energy sources,
increase efficiency, and address and responsibly manage environmental
The Shell GameChanger team has facilitated a series of 'speedmatching' events
for numerous organizations, including NASA and MD Anderson. In these sessions,
Shell scientists interacted with their peers to identify opportunities for
cooperation and collaboration. As a result, NASA and Shell have launched
several projects and are developing further opportunities.
Since 1936 and 1975, respectively, the former Bellaire and Westhollow
technology centers that now make up Shell Technology Center Houston have been
active in research and development in key onshore and offshore upstream, and
downstream refining and chemical products technologies, working on advances in
unconventional and deepwater technologies and downstream processes, chemistry
and new fuel sources. The integrated center is designed to leverage combined
skills and capacity to benefit the entire value chain.
Shell Technology Center Houston, along with technology hubs in Bangalore
(India) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands), is a key part of Shell's global
network of technology centers and which are connected to Shell's global
businesses, customers and partners. Locations of other Shell research,
development and testing facilities currently include Canada, Germany, The
Netherlands, Qatar, Norway, the Sultanate of Oman and the UK. A new technical
center for lubricants technology is planned for China.
The full agenda for the Summit can be found here.
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