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Shell funds renewables boffins

Tie up with UC Berkeley will provide $25m for research over five years

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Shell International Exploration and Production and the University of California Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) are partnering to fund a five-year research project into new energy technologies, including storage, solar and biofuels.

Under the terms of the agreement, up to $25m will go to research on new energy technologies.

EBI and Shell are accepting proposals to initially pursue research in solar energy transformation, advanced energy storage and “novel synthesis routes to create new products, and to leverage new capabilities in computational material science and biosciences and bioengineering”.

Shell chief technology officer Yuri Sebregts said: “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.”

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