Shell has signed a research collaboration agreement with UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute to spend up to $25 million over five years on fundamental research in the areas of global energy transition and new energy technology.
The new multi-year research agreement between Shell and UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) is an important step in Shell’s Long-Range Research program and will foster a new level of collaborative innovation.
The research agreement will fund research that focuses on meeting the growing demand for energy in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.
“The overarching objective is to harness the power of renewable energy sources to develop the fuels of the future, create robust options for energy storage, build capabilities in computational material science and chemistry, and probe the potential of the bioscience pathways across the energy system,” said Yuri Sebregts, Shell’s Executive Vice President of Innovation, Research and Development, during the signing ceremony at Berkeley in March.
EBI is a partnership of three leading academic institutions: UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
As part of the agreement, Shell plans to be actively involved in the research projects with leading academics from EBI and collaborate via an exchange and embedment of scientists at the EBI academic institutions and at Shell’s research labs in Houston, Amsterdam and Bangalore.
The active collaboration from both sides will create a unique environment that enables research to find future energy solutions.