On 3 November Andy Brown, Director Upstream International, Shell, together with a delegation visited the University of Cambridge. Energy@Cambridge organised for a number of Shell funded PhD students and early career researchers to present their research in five minutes. The session was chaired by Prof Lindsay Greer, Head of the School of Physical Sciences and compered by Isabelle Bush in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, who presented her work to Shell last year. The talks covered topics including micro-seismic event detection using machine learning, paint/metal interfaces on off-shore facilities, and modelling engine cylinders and after-treatment systems for pollution reduction. Shell were very impressed by the work which tackles current and ongoing business challenges and seeks to open up new opportunities.
In the evening Prof Chris Abell, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research introduced Andy Brown who presented a lecture entitled ‘Powering Progress Together: Providing More and Cleaner Energy’ to an audience of students, academics and Shell representatives. Andy spoke about Shell’s experience of more than a century of finding energy solutions and adapting to changing energy landscapes. The talk was followed by Q&A and discussion on the challenges of the energy transition and the role Shell is playing in the process. The evening ended with a networking drinks reception.