Mobil zefektivńuje těžbu a průzkum,hledá nové zdroje energie
Advanced Energy Research
More energy and lower emissions. Only one kind of power can deliver them both. And, while ExxonMobil is exploring the world for new supplies of oil and gas, we’re also tapping the most powerful resource known to humanity: brainpower. ExxonMobil has consistently led the energy industry in research and technology, and employs more than 14,000 engineers and scientists. And over the past decade, we’ve been granted more than 10,000 U.S. patents.
1.5 billion people in the developing world still lack access to modern forms of energy to light and heat homes, or even cook food. And because energy use and economic growth are so closely linked, society cannot advance without adequate supplies of affordable energy.
Global demand for energy is rising rapidly. In just 15 years, we expect the world will need 40% more energy than today. By 2030, experts predict that the world will likely need 50% more energy than today.
Finding and producing the energy that tomorrow’s world will need is just part of the challenge. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the other. That’s a difficult combination, and it creates one of the world’s toughest energy challenges. A challenge we believe new technology will help us overcome.
So the thinking goes on. Which is why we’re now also making the largest ever investment in independent climate and energy research that is specifically designed to look for new breakthrough technologies. It will take the very best minds. But it will also take a genuine understanding that, in the real world, any answer that fails to take account of economic development and rising demand simply isn’t an answer.
New Technology Is Critically Important
Our research focuses primarily on technology extensions for use in existing energy operations, but we also pursue breakthrough research that can positively impact society. At ExxonMobil, we explore all manner of technologies, including ways to:
Improve exploration drilling success
Reduce the costs of developing and transporting energy
Allow production of oil and gas in remote areas, like in arctic environments and extreme water depths offshore
Minimize fuel emissions and to develop more efficient fuel and engine systems
We’re proud of our track record of industry firsts and breakthroughs, dating back to the first sulfur removal process in 1886.
ExxonMobil’s exploration and production technologies – such as 3-D seismic imaging, advanced drilling, and arctic and deepwater development – continue to extend the amount of recoverable oil and gas that we can economically produce.
ExxonMobil and others seek to develop resources in more difficult environments. And over the past decade, energy development projects have become larger and more complex. For example, we’re working to produce oil in the Caspian Sea region of Central Asia, which is both remote to major fabrication facilities and is icebound during several winter months. This environment is only slightly more congenial than what we face in developing oil and gas resources offshore Sakhalin Island in Far East Russia. And offshore Africa, we routinely discover oil while drilling in many thousands of feet of water.
Technology is equally important in the development of the many high-quality petroleum and petrochemical products used every day.
Success in developing energy resources requires a steady flow of new technology, which is why ExxonMobil is so committed to research and technology development. Technology is the lifeblood of our ability to pursue opportunities in ever-harsher climates.
Sponsoring Outside Research
In addition to our own extensive research activities, ExxonMobil sponsors a wide range of energy research programs at universities and other institutions. For example, we are a cofounder and plan to invest up to $100 million in the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University.
The GCEP initiative unites scientific and engineering researchers with private industry in the search for new, commercially viable energy technologies that can substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a world scale. This effort includes identifying the most promising technologies, accelerating their commercial applications, and overcoming cost, performance, and safety issues.
We are committed to ensuring that the output of this initiative is shared with others beyond Stanford University and the business sponsors. Both the research itself and dissemination of the project’s findings will consider developing countries, where the vast majority of expected growth in carbon dioxide emissions is expected to occur.
GCEP projects initiated in 2003 and further developed in 2004 include an integrated assessment of technology options, studies of hydrogen production and use, advanced combustion system research, and studies of geological sequestration of carbon dioxide.
In early 2005, GCEP announced seven new grants to Stanford faculty and collaborating researcher at institutions including the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and the Institute of Technology in Zurich.
The world won’t stop turning while we look for even better ways to fuel it. And, at ExxonMobil, we won’t stop exploring some of the world’s best brains to find them.
ExxonMobil. Taking on the world's toughest energy challenges.
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