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16th November 2022

Inventions & Innovators powering the Energy Transition – Oil and Gas Supermajors

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Who are the Oil & Gas Supermajors?

In this report we analyse the invention and innovation being made in the critical technologies powering the energy transition.

The seven supermajors we examine are:

  • BP
  • Chevron
  • ConocoPhilips
  • Eni
  • ExxonMobil
  • Shell
  • Total Energies.

Key messages from our updated report

  • The balance of competitive advantage for energy producers is shifting from hydrocarbon resource access to ownership of the underlying technologies that are enabling the energy transition. TotalEnergies’ out-performing pace of innovation sets it apart from its supermajor peers. Its sustainable energy innovation areas of focus are batteries and photovoltaics.
  • There is a relatively low level of patenting from supermajors compared to leaders in other industries and compared to the big oilfield service providers. This points to a continued strategy of reliance on third-party innovation that looks set to continue with the development of renewable low-carbon energy resources.
  • Supermajors’ innovation has been weighted towards technology areas associated with the categories of Materials, Mechanical and Sensors & Optics. This includes more downstream business-focused innovation in chemicals, polymers, gases and liquid processing and some upstream-focused innovation weighted to drills.

Access our updated Oil and Gas Supermajors report


Oil and Gas Supermajors

Gain an insight into the inventions and the innovators powering energy transition

The report includes detailed charts and data on:

  • Pace of energy transition related innovation
  • Weighting of published inventions

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