Shell partners with academics for biofuels research

Royal Dutch Shell PLC will work with global academic experts to find new sources for biofuels, improve efficiencies, and lower costs, highlighting the company's commitment to alternative energy sources.

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Sept. 18 -- Royal Dutch Shell PLC will work with global academic experts to find new sources for biofuels, improve efficiencies, and lower costs, highlighting the company's commitment to alternative energy sources.

The six research agreements will complement Shell's 30 year biomass R&D work and accelerate results. Work will be carried out for 2-5 years and Shell is keen to develop cost effective second generation bio-fuels which do not require food crops.

Shell has partnered with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Campinas, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Centre of Excellence for Biocatalysis, Biotransformations, and Biocatalytic Manufacture, and the School of BioSciences Exeter University.

Energy companies are coming under increasing pressure from government and environmental groups to develop other energy sources and reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels. However, opposition has grown to biofuels using food crops because of rising global food prices and environmentalists have argued that they are not sustainable.

The research agreements also complement Shell's partnerships with five companies working on the commercial application of new biofuels technologies.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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