TOTAL’s R&D Model. Prof. Philippe A. Tanguy Vice President , R&D Programs, Partnerships and International Relations Total S.A. An International Group with Global Dimensions. 92,855 employees Over 130 countries. Upstream. Downstream. Chemicals. No.1 refiner-marketer
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TOTAL’s R&D Model
Prof. Philippe A. TanguyVice President, R&D Programs, Partnerships and
An International Group with Global Dimensions
Over 130 countries
Leading world positions
in petrochemicals, chemical specialties and materials
Oil and Gas 2.38 Mboe/d
produced in 2010
More than 20 years
of proved and
R&D is central to the present strategy of Total. Its mission is to
Meet the challenges of transforming the energy system
Propose environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions
R&D focuses efforts at
Developing new knowledge and inventing new technologies
Identifying and using the best available competences and expertise
Fostering innovative research practices
R&D is coordinated transversely by the Scientific Division, which mandate is to contribute to
Elaborate a long-term vision for Science & Technology
Offer options in terms of innovation and research opportunities to the group strategy
Support business units R&D by seeking partners and assessing research portfolio
Provide technical expertise to operations
Sour gas, CO2and H2S treatment
Chemical conversion: GTL, etc.
Tightgas and gas shales
Gas volume estimates
Deeply buried reservoirs
Energy and CO2
6 RD Centres
850 people working in R&D
800+ contracts with Academia and Industry
Some R&D Challenges in Gas & Power
World-class partnerships with leading-edge universities and companies
3 RD Centres
500 people working in R&D
Collaboration with Public Research and Industry
MTO Pilot Plant. Feluy
4 RD Centres
500 people working in R&D
100 patents per year
The problems are long-term and open, with no unique solutions, and they involve continuous questioning and rich ideation.
The issues are critical and require advanced knowledge as well as development that can be shared between partners:
Possibility to identify generic results and specific applications
The team is first class (a leader in its domain) and has a good experience in working with industrial partners.
The team is a good pool for recruitment.
Intellectual property rules are well understood by each side and agreed beforehand.
University-Total Collaboration Criteria
Partners need to understand how they fit in an integrated knowledge process.
Each partner is responsible to help others succeed.
The Knowledge Process Paradigm Shift
ability to learn
to satisfy society
Integrated supply chains
KIC InnoEnergy: an actor of the shifting paradigm
Total is one of the founders of KIC InnoEnergy and views it as a promising model to generate innovation and growth.