Shell’s target is to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society’s progress in achieving the goal of the UN Paris Agreement on climate change. Our current business plans won’t get us there, so we are transforming our business and working cross sector to achieve our targets. As cost effective, flexible and efficient industrial electrification technologies are required for new projects as well as retrofitting existing line-ups, this cohort topic will support Shell’s Powering Progress strategy by facilitating effective growth and uptake of renewable energy in industry and reducing its Scope 1 emissions.

What are we looking for?

We seek safe, easy to scale and affordable solutions for electrically powering transport vehicles including e.g., personal transport, public transport, road transport.

  • Efficient charging on charger level: improved electronics, charging algorithms, systems and thermal designs
  • Charger system integration: solutions for connected multiple chargers e.g., with grid, power storage, solar
  • Data based customer solutions: the generation and use of charging data in the broadest sense to improve the offering of power products to customers in all relevant power charging segments.

In scope

Any novel, scalable automotive charging technology, system, architecture or data algorithm allowing to improve efficiency, effectiveness and products and services offered by future charging infrastructure for all transport markets.

  • System-level EV simulations of charging behavior as inputs to network/station financial models, site-specific storage/generation/control, and geographically resolved forecasts of electrical demand.
  • Miniaturization of DC Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), including novel power topologies, system architectures, and thermal solutions on 10-20kW DC vehicle-level, resulting in lower cost and smaller footprint.
  • Innovations for efficient, low-cost thermal management of high current charging connectors and power conversion equipment or other EV charging components.
  • Vehicle to X (V2X) solutions such as smart charge management (V1G), Vehicle to grid (V2G) & Vehicle to building (V2B). For grid applications, this includes monetizing EV loads as distributed energy resource (DER) for small and mid-size use cases e.g., municipal, residential, bus fleets.
  • Behind-the-Meter storage for DCFC – designing for low-cost system solutions, high discharge power e.g., hybrid power storage systems and integration technologies (inverters, controls, etc.).
  • EV charging hub site design and operational innovations as a function of # charging bays (e.g., 5, 25, 100), charger power (150, 350 kW), use of energy resources, potentially including system level solutions >1 MW. Use cases in order of interest:
    • For local delivery vehicles (LDV) depots
    • For medium and heavy-duty depots
    • For passenger cars, including ride-hailing services
    • For high penetration of Autonomous EVs

Out of scope

  • In-vehicle power systems
  • Conventional fuel options or hybrid approaches