Innovation and projects
The world is in the midst of a process of change and transformation. The development, transfer, and subsequent implementation of new technologies guarantee our ability to continue offering quality materials, products, and services, and above all, to prepare for the future.
In this context, the development of R&D projects, the creation of basic knowledge, and its scaling to new technologies that have already been implemented, and work in a collaborative network are some of the keys in Repsol's innovation strategy. In 2016, investment in innovation amounted to EUR 78 million.
Last year, further advances were made in the development of pioneering technologies in hydrocarbon exploration and production. The technological achievements include, namely, the Sherlock project, which has completed the installation of all digital petrochemical capabilities for warehouse characterization, and the Pegasus project, which enabled the development of the first cognitive technological tools for acquiring assets and optimizing development plans.
external scientific collaborative projects
Other technological achievements also include the Horus project, which successfully passed the proof-of-concept test on nanosensors embedded in drilling cement. These nanosensors are capable of communicating with one another at the bottom of a well and generate energy within their own casing in order to monitor well integrity.
In our refinery technology, processes have been designed in laboratories and pilot plants of the Repsol Technology Center and successfully implemented in our industrial plants to improve their efficiency. A good example of this is the knowledge developed to leverage the processing of opportunity crudes, which has made it possible to adjust processes to the supply of such crude.
Additionally, we have developed prototypes that allow us to offer products with a high technological load, such as smart asphalts or lubricants designed to save fuel in state-of-the-art engines.
The SPAIN 2017 project, which is an initiative for research in mobility, aims to develop a demonstration vehicle that combines a fuel combustion engine with electric propulsion and the recovery of thermal and kinetic energy. The project, undertaken in a consortium with other companies, already has a set of experimental developments for conducting tests. The objective is to demonstrate the viability of a propulsion system focused on improving efficiency and reducing local emissions in urban environments.
projects promoted by the EU and the Spanish Government
New energies and materials
In the field of advanced biology, the first steps have been taken in the real-scale hydrocarbon bioprospecting and the exploration of ways to apply biotechnology in our present processes and products. A research project on electric car batteries with CIDETEC, based on advanced lithium technologies is also under way.
In materials, the scaling of polyol technologies with CO2 has begun, with the first steps in the pilot plant and the production of the first batches for evaluation in the market. Furthermore, the proof-of-concept test at laboratory scale in a chemically modified EBA polymer for the development of new materials with self-repair properties was a success.
proposals submitted to the third edition of the Inspire program
Working in a collaborative network remains a pillar of Repsol's strategy. For example, the last stage of the third edition of the Inspire Program was completed, with three disruptive projects chosen from among nearly 100 proposals received from 49 Spanish universities and research institutes. All this activity is led by the Repsol Technology Center, the scientific heart of the company, located in Móstoles (Spain). It has 56,000 m2 of built-up space of facilities and laboratories, bringing Repsol international renown for its technology.