We are working with Shell to solve global energy and fuel problems.

Working with Shell

Solutions to future global fuel challenges are being worked on by the University in partnership with Shell – an international group of energy and petrochemicals companies.

The partnership began when Dr John Love, of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, attended a meeting with a Shell director and they found potential areas of collaboration, such as high throughput sequencing - a method for determining nucleotide order in DNA.

Producing fuel on demand

Shell have worked on a number of projects with Dr Love, including a high profile project to develop way of making bacteria produce fuel on demand.

The bacteria produce oil identical to diesel, meaning it can directly replace existing petroleum fuels and help reduce carbon emissions; all achievable without the need to replace existing infrastructure.

Shell's expertise was vital to the project's success, complementing and adding to knowledge at the University.

Findings of the research are being bought to a pre-industrialisation phase.

Working in industry

Dr Love gained new insights into industrial practice when he seconded to Shell for a period, working at one of their research centres.

The placement provided insight into the impediments to research commercialisation and a better idea of what industry requires.

Providing academic expertise

Working with the University has demonstrated the benefits of academic research to Shell, such as open access, publications and studentships.

Expertise of University academics adds value to collaborative projects, as do their efforts to enhance technology by working with industry.