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Research and partnerships

Our comprehensive internal research capability – set across 12 sites globally – is complemented by leading external collaborations. These provide a cross-cutting range of specialisms, including scientific and engineering expertise and modelling and experimental facilities, which are supported by innovative academic programmes

BP International Center for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM)

In 2012, we established the $100 million research centre, known as the BP International Center for Advanced Materials – or BP-ICAM. The centre leads research aimed at advancing the fundamental understanding and use of materials across a variety of energy and industrial applications.

 

In addition to financial investment, we provide leadership, expertise and research experience, working with our university partners.

BP Institute (BPI)

The BP Institute (BPI) for Multiphase Flow is based at the University of Cambridge.

 

We helped to establish the BPI with an endowment. It opened in 2000 and attracts world-class scientists from disciplines including mathematics, chemistry, chemical engineering, biotechnology and earth sciences – enabling BP and others to access scientific reasoning in the lab to understand challenges in the field.

 

BPI’s research has helped enhance recovery from challenging and mature reservoirs and avoid hydrate build-up in pipelines. Beyond energy, its findings have helped other sectors understand more about how detergents in shampoo disperse and interact, how paints dry and how ice cream melts.

BP’s energy innovation laboratory

BP’s energy innovation laboratory (EIL) is a 20-year collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), Dalian Institute of Chemistry and Physics (DICP), for research and development in novel catalysis and advanced characterization techniques in the areas of energy and chemicals.

 

This unique partnership combines DICP’s academic research strength with BP’s international energy expertise.

Tsinghua-BP Clean Energy Research and Education Center (CEC)

The Tsinghua-BP Clean Energy Research and Education Center (CEC) was established in 2003 with a grant from BP as an independent, cross-disciplinary academic research centre. The aim of the CEC is to build a world-class research centre of China’s energy strategy.

 

Currently, the academic research focuses on two topics: energy system and strategy, including sustainable development of city energy systems and national energy systems as well as the role of gas; and energy technology, aiming at the technology requirements of clean and low carbon energy transition in China. CEC also participated in national strategic research projects. Its contribution to China’s energy sector was recognized by the prestigious 2017 International Science & Technology Cooperation Award from the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation.

Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI)

For the past 17 years, we have been working closely with Princeton University in the US on a research programme that aims to identify the most credible methods of capturing and storing a significant proportion of the world’s carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

 

CMI brings together fundamental science, technological development, policy frameworks and business principles to accelerate the pace of discovery and the application of solutions at scale. Projects include understanding the science of methane, exploring the potential for increasing the volumes of the world’s carbon outputs currently stored in existing natural sinks, such as land and forests, and identifying the means to capture and store carbon at scale in new sinks in underground geological formations.