LSU hopes to drive energy innovation with Shell donation

(The Associated Press)

A nearly $30 million investment from Shell to LSU will expedite the move toward lower carbon emissions, reports WBRZ News.

A $27.5 million investment made by Shell will establish the LSU Institute for Energy Innovation and the construction of the LSU Our Lady of the Lake Interdisciplinary Science Building. The new facilities will be used to assist in groundbreaking research guided through a partnership aimed at being a national model in energy-related science and engineering.

Part of the goal includes building on a predominant legacy of oil and gas prosperity while finding ways to meet lower carbon emission levels.

John Flake, professor and department chair for LSU’s Cain Department of Chemical Engineering, says while it’s an enormous change from where Louisiana is now, many companies that rely on fossil fuels are already making the commitment. Read the entire story.