Lady cooking with Envirofit
A woman cooks for her family with her cleaner, safer cookstove

A Breath of Fresh Air

Smoke from open fires contributes to the death of more than four million people every year around the globe. We’re working with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to foster the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuel in 100 million homes by 2020.

Shell has committed $12 million to help reach the goal of clean cookstoves in 100 million homes by 2020. To help us reach this number, The Shell Foundation, an independent charity set up to tackle global development challenges, joined with Envirofit International to design and produce cleaner-burning stoves.

Not only are the Envirofit stoves more affordable, but they can cut cooking times by 50%, reduce smoke and toxic emissions by up to 80% and use up to 60% less fuel than traditional stoves. This allows many users to cover the cost of the stove – typically between $15 and $30 – within a few months just through the fuel they save. Now that, we think, is truly a breath of fresh air.

Frontier Markets
Frontier Markets, a company that sells low-cost solar products in India, displays its wares at a kiosk in the northwestern state of Rajasthan

A leading light returns to Rural India

Jaipur, India — “I saw a 5-year-old die in five seconds,” says Ajaita Shah, recalling the Indian girl enveloped by a kerosene fire at home. “There was nothing we could do.” Not then. But since that 2008 disaster, Shah has helped cut the use of kerosene lamps in rural India by selling thousands of solar lanterns, street lights, and home lighting kits.

Shah, 30, was barely out of college when she began working in Indian villages. She launched her own company, Frontier Markets, to bring safe and affordable clean energy to the northwestern region of Rajasthan, where she spends most of her time.

In a country where one-fourth of people lack access to electricity, Shah has made her way as one of the few women leading a business that sells clean-energy products. She’s sold more than 85,000 solar products so far and set up 225 retail outlets to provide after-sales servicing. Half her customers have no access to the grid, and the others get only sporadic power.

View the original article on the National Geographic website

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Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Shell founded its first laboratory in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1914. Nearly a century later, the new and completely redesigned Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam took its place. This large complex houses around 1,300 people in labs and offices, yet its efficient design means that it emits almost no CO2.

Research in Amsterdam has created technology turning natural gas into liquids for lower-emissions transport fuel and other products; concrete which uses sulphur for stronger, more environmentally friendly roads; and a more efficient chemical process for making raw materials for everyday items from pillows to plastic bottles.

Shell scientists also partner with local universities to share expertise and resources.

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Shell Technology Center Houston, Texas, USA

More than 2,000 Shell scientists and engineers work at Shell Technology Center Houston in Texas, USA, a laboratory and office complex of more than 90,000 square metres (one million square feet). Three Shell Chief Scientists have their base there, each an expert in fields ranging from catalyst technology to reservoir engineering.

Our world-class researchers are developing and advancing technologies to unlock tightly trapped natural gas, catalysts to speed up chemical reactions, and researching opportunities to make liquefied natural gas (LNG) into a transport fuel. Specialised equipment at the centre includes a wave tank for testing the design of deep-water structures.

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Inside the Shell Technology Centre in Bangalore

Shell Technology Centre Bangalore, India

The Shell Technology Centre in Bangalore (STCB) is the latest addition to Shell’s global network of technology hubs and smaller technical centres. The 52-acre, custom-built technology centre can house up to 1,500 experts, who will collaboratively work on global innovative energy projects.  

The Bangalore technology centre is home to a wide spectrum of technical disciplines and specific expertise in fields such as liquefied natural gas, subsurface modelling, data analysis, engineering design, bitumen, distillation and enhanced computational research. The centre is helping to pioneer efforts to turn forestry, agricultural and municipal waste into transportation fuels, with a new demonstration plant being built at the site. 

Specialists at STCB also work closely with external industrial partners, universities and institutes. These collaborations help to speed up the development and deployment of energy technologies.

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