The Texas oil and gas giant, which reported $21 billion in earnings during 2018, will fund the new partnership with NREL, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and other DOE laboratories over 10 years.
“What excites me,” said Martin Keller, director of NREL, “is that there are different mindsets coming together and, in my view, the breeding ground of tremendous breakthrough ideas.”
The agreement will foster research collaboration on projects with the potential to move beyond the laboratory, improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions on a global scale.
“The partnership with the national labs really goes back to the fundamental challenge that we’re facing as a society, which is: How do you provide scalable energy to 9 billion people while addressing the risks of climate change?” said Vijay Swarup, VP of R&D at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company.
The company has spent more than $9 billion since 2000 in developing and deploying lower-emission solutions.
The commitment from ExxonMobil stands out as the largest single external investment in research at NREL in the laboratory’s history.