Driving Innovation At The Shell Eco-marathon

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Driving Innovation At The Shell Eco-marathon

As the Shell Eco-marathon Europe gears up in Rotterdam, how much do you know about Shell innovations helping to tackle the Energy Challenge and how a number of them contribute to the group’s Smarter Mobility programme? From Gas-to-Liquids and biofuels to liquefied natural gas and enhanced oil recovery techniques, test your knowledge - and find out something you didn’t know before.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Our many patents show our ability to come up with new ideas. They make it possible for us to do things no company has done before. How many patents do we have in our portfolio?
    • A. 

      Fewer than 1,000 patents

    • B. 

      About 5,000 patents

    • C. 

      More than 21,000 patents

  • 2. 
    Shell been researching ways to produce liquid transport fuels from sources other than oil. How long have we been doing this?
    • A. 

      25 years

    • B. 

      30 years

    • C. 

      35 years

  • 3. 
    Sailing boats and windmills are examples of harnessing the energy of moving air. Modern wind turbines do the same to generate electric power. What is the average wind speed needed for a wind turbine to generate electricity?
    • A. 

      Around 5 km/h (3 mph)

    • B. 

      Around 25 km/h (15 mph)

    • C. 

      Around 50 km/h (31 mph)

  • 4. 
    Brazilian sugar-cane ethanol is a biofuel for road vehicles. From production to use, how much less CO2 does it emit compared to standard petrol?
    • A. 

      Around 30% less

    • B. 

      Around 50% less

    • C. 

      Around 70% less

  • 5. 
    Shell is enhancing oil-recovery techniques with the aid of heat, gases and other chemical agents – these alter the flow properties of the oil, making it easier to produce. With these enhanced techniques, Shell has managed to recover as much as 80% of the oil in a field. On average worldwide, what percentage of the oil in an oil field is recovered without such enhanced techniques?
    • A. 

      35%

    • B. 

      50%

    • C. 

      65%

  • 6. 
    Cooling natural gas to -162°C (-260°F) turns it into a liquid for easy shipment to towns and cities around the world. What fraction of the gas’s original volume (at room temperature and pressure) does such liquefied natural gas, or LNG, occupy?
    • A. 

      LNG takes up 1/60th of the volume

    • B. 

      LNG takes up 1/600th of the volume

    • C. 

      LNG takes up 1/6000th of the volume

  • 7. 
    Shell spent more on research and development than any other international oil and gas company in 2011.  How much?
    • A. 

      $0.5 billion

    • B. 

      $1.1 billion

    • C. 

      $2.5 billion

  • 8. 
    Oil and gas are processed to yield transport fuels such as petrol or diesel. But they also serve as raw material for a variety of petrochemicals. What household product is made from one of Shell’s major petrochemicals?
    • A. 

      Cooking oil

    • B. 

      Cat litter

    • C. 

      Laundry detergent

  • 9. 
    Shell recently brought the world’s largest gas-to-liquid plant into operation in the desert State of Qatar. It converts natural gas into liquid fuel and lubricant products. In doing so, it processes as much as 44,500 cubic metres of water per day. How much of that water comes from either groundwater or seawater?
    • A. 

      45,000 cubic metres per day

    • B. 

      10,000 cubic metres per day

    • C. 

      0 cubic metres per day