Shell Has A Bigger Clean Energy Plan Than You Think
Royal Dutch Shell has gotten some pretty good reviews for the laundry list of clean energy items in its new decarbonization plan, but there is one little item that hasn’t gotten much attention, and it could have an impact on all those other oil and gas giants out there. Back in 2018, the company nailed down a partnership with NREL that leverages 40 years of clean tech research and industry connections, and they’ve been busy at work shoveling new clean tech into the market as fast as they can go.
NREL & Shell Pair Up For World-Changing Clean Energy
For those of you new to the topic, NREL, is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, located in Colorado. One of a sprawling web of federal research laboratories across the US, the lab got its start back in the 1970s when the US had a goal of reducing dependence on imported oil. Now all that experience is going to help cut ties with everybody’s oil, and natural gas, too.
Shell teamed up with NREL in 2018 to establish an incubator called the Shell GameChanger Accelerator Powered by NREL, or GCxN for short.
The aim is to identify early stage cleantech startups with cutting edge solutions to the Earth’s carbon problems, and winch that technology out of the lab with financial resources and access to A-list facilities and technical experts.
Once that technology sees the light of day, the clean energy cat is out of the bag. That’s going to help Shell step up its decarbonization game and pull the rest of the field along with it, too.
GCxN is “focused on discovering and advancing emerging clean technologies with the potential to dramatically alter the future global energy landscape,” GCxN enthuses.
The Clean Energy Cat Is Out Of The Bag
CleanTechnica took a look at GCxN’s approach to accelerating cleantech last year, and they have been very busy since then. The clean energy category includes energy storage, energy efficiency, and practically anything else that interacts with renewable resources.