How Shell TapUp contributes to the energy transition

Shell TapUp, February 2020

  • Group Energy transition
  • Group Developments
  • Group Electrification

The energy transition is in full swing. Every company is working on it in one way or another. Fossil-free in one generation, that is what we want to achieve together. The climate agreement and the goals we have set together are helping us in the right direction. For the time being there is a lot of talks and plans are being made, but the actual start sometimes takes a while.

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Making the switch. That turns out to be very difficult. For example, in recent years many companies have conducted research into how they can implement electric cars in their current processes. Here they often encountered various obstacles such as range and price. We often notice that a review to renew the fleet is pushed back a number of years.

But why wait so long if you can do something now? OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) need time to produce more sustainable cars in a scalable and affordable way. But doing nothing in the meantime is not an option. With Shell TapUp we offer a solution that is already applicable today and that does not require a large investment. When you choose HVO fuel on location, we can reduce the CO₂ emissions of your fleet together.

The transfer to electrification

But how will I make that last step, for example, to trucks that run on hydrogen? The current problem is that there are few petrol stations for hydrogen, so investing in a hydrogen fleet is risky. At the same time, the construction of new hydrogen stations is based on market demand. Investment is needed on both sides, so the risks are high. What if you build a hydrogen station and it turns out nobody near there invests in hydrogen-powered vehicles? Conversely, you may want a hydrogen car, but there may not be any hydrogen infrastructure in your area.

In our view, the solution is a mobile fuelling infrastructure, which can respond to individual needs. We did this before with Shell TapUp. For example, we delivered GTL within a month after the customer demand became clear. When the time comes that customers need hydrogen on demand, our infrastructure can play a large role in supplying it. As a company, you are not dependent on the investment in petrol stations and you are served within the timeframe that you choose.

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