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Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam (STCA)
At Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam around 1,300 employees – engineers, lab assistants, consultants and others – seek technological solutions for current and future energy issues.
Technology and innovation
Technology and innovation are key concepts at Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam. Our engineering consultants work closely with researchers to improve existing fossil and non-fossil fuels, chemical products and underlying processes.
In view of the finite supply of fossil resources and the CO2 problem, we are researching clean, affordable alternatives such as second-generation biofuels (made from non-food produce), and the capture and storage of CO2. We are also researching ways of creating clean, affordable fuel products based on the gasification technology developed in Amsterdam, and speeding up processes by improving catalysts.
A jewel in our crown is Gas-to-Liquid (GTL), a liquid fuel made from gas which is cleaner than regular oil distillates and whose basis was formed at Shell in Amsterdam some 30 years ago. Today – under the name XTL - we use the same process to convert all manner of feedstocks into high-quality, liquid fuels. Technology helps us to tap new sources of natural gas – the cleanest of all fossil fuels – and extract more oil from existing oil fields.
STCA is virtually CO2 neutral. It uses almost no natural gas and temperatures are regulated by a subsurface thermal energy storage system combined with heat pumps. Electricity for the heat pumps is generated by the wind farm located in the North Sea, which Shell built in collaboration with NUON. The flexible way in which STCA’s layout and experimental set-ups can be easily adjusted to meet current and future demand has also increased the sustainability of the building itself.
Shell in Amsterdam
Shell has a long history in Amsterdam. In 1914 Royal Shell Laboratory Amsterdam was founded, and in 2009 Shell’s new technology centre was officially launched.
A large part of the Shell site on the northern banks of the IJ River was sold to the Amsterdam municipality, and the new Overhoeks residential district, which, like Shell, also uses thermal energy storage, is now under construction there. Shell, the Amsterdam municipality and several other parties are active members of the Overhoeks partnership which aims to convert Buiksloterham into an innovative and sustainable district according to a shared vision of its identity and image.
Shell and the environment
Our activities may impact the environment (water, air and soil), so we pursue an active social performance policy to minimise this impact. We comply with the regulations and procedures that apply to the work we do, and help find solutions for social problems experienced in the local community.
Shell and the local community
Shell is committed to the community in which it operates. We are actively involved in important issues that affect not only Shell but the wider community, and we try to get everyone involved, especially young people. We actively promote technology and collaborate with JetNet to pique young people’s interest in maths and science subjects so that more of them will eventually pursue studies in these fields. We also organise special projects focussed on promoting technology and on energy supplies in the future.
As part of our social duty of care we provide resources and funding for local community, cultural and sports projects and encourage our staff to work as volunteers.
Contact details for Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam
Telephone +31 20 6309111 (available 24 hours a day)
Contact details in emergencies
Telephone +3120 630 3300 (available 24 hours a day)
STCA street address
1031 HW Amsterdam
STCA postal address
P.O. Box 38000
1030 BN Amsterdam
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