30 June 2020
Dr. Wolfgang Warnecke, Chief Scientist of Mobility, Shell, will be speaking at FISITA PLUS on Thursday 16 July about “Future Energy Options for a Sustainable Mobility”. We asked him a few questions prior to the event:
1. What are the major projects you and your organisation are currently working on?
Our global organisation in Shell is heavily committed to deliver the sustainability targets as for 2050 for Shell to be a net zero energy business by 2050 or earlier. This does involve the development (and partly already roll out) of future fuels reducing the CO2 footprint. One of the focus is to support Hydrogen as one of future transportation fuel.
2. How has your work been affected by coronavirus?
As everywhere, the Covid 19 pandemic has heavily slowed down all our activities, although we make good progress in operations in our R&D labs, with most of our scientists (same as for myself) we work from home only, and global travel does not take place over the next forthcoming months, as it stands. But we also recognise the improvement in efficiency from the virtual dimensions.
3. How long do you expect the impact of coronavirus will last and what long-term effects will it have on the areas of the industry that you focus on?
Unclear to predict the future coming months, in my view also highly depending on strict following the rules globally sat to reduce the rate of infections. Long term effects will also change the mindset and the form of Mobility, i.e. to what extend we will use mass transportation vs individual transportation, in my view.
4. What are you planning on talking about at FISITA PLUS and what types of people do you think will benefit from what you have to say?
I will talk on the options of the different routes of future fuels, with a main focus on Hydrogen and e-fuels.
FISITA PLUS will happen every Thursday throughout July. Find out more in a recent LinkedIn post by FISITA CEO Chris Mason. Registration for the four tracks with a choice of European morning and afternoon sessions (to suit attendees in different time zones) is available as follows:
- The Mobility Eco-system (Thursday 2 July)
- Future Technologies (Thursday 9 July)
- Energy and Propulsion Systems of the Future (Thursday 16 July)
- The Leadership Interview (with Argo AI) and Closing Keynotes (Thursday 23 July)