Bright sparks

This article describes work at Shell's Thornton technology centre in Cheshire, UK to develop the fuels of tomorrow. Shell is working on three technology-based strategies for making energy greener. These involve developing new fossil-fuel options, removing carbon dioxide, and increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix. One fossil-fuel option being developed is GTL (gas to liquids). GTL fuel is ideal for transport and is virtually free of sulphur and aromatics and has a high cetane number. It can be used by today's cars using today's infrastructure. Another fossil-fuel option is coal gasification. Methods for capturing and storing carbon dioxide are being investigated. These include carbon sequestration underground and mineralisation. Shell is developing biofuels in collaboration with Iogen, which specialises in cellulose ethanol, and Choren, which is developing a process that produces synthetic gas from biomass.


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  • Accession Number: 01089702
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 5 2007 12:25PM