The Repsol Technology Center (RTC) is the biggest private research center in Spain. Over 200 scientists and researchers from all over the world work there and it is considered the heart of technology research and innovation at our Company. It features a model based on open innovation and networking, with an important focus on collaboration with research teams from all over the world. The center is celebrating 15 years as a European leader in Technology Development and energy innovation.
2002 – Pioneering labs
The RTC brings together Repsol’s four research centers, incorporating pioneering labs in Spain: from engine labs where state-of-the-art fuels are tested to pilot plants that reproduce a refinery on a small scale, or that allow us to improve our processes and products. It also has chemistry, plastics, gas, and lubricant labs.
2005 – Exploration and production of hydrocarbons
New labs are created to improve research in exploration and production, notably the first fluid-analysis lab in Spain. This research allows Repsol to lead operations to recover crude from the tanks of the Prestige vessel.
2010 – New Energy Sources
Research on new energy sources begins. Our experts in biocomputing and genome sequencing are working to find bacteria with biological functions that could help our industry in the search for hydrocarbons, make our processes more efficient, or transform waste into raw materials.
2012 – Cutting-edge technologies in exploration and production
The RTC begins to develop several cutting-edge technologies in hydrocarbon exploration and production, improving the efficiency of the entire process: Excalibur, which allows for reducing uncertainty in exploration, applying digital petrophysics techniques; Sherlock I and II, which help determine subsoil features using digital technology; and HEADS, a system to detect hydrocarbon leaks at sea.
2014 – Sustainable mobility and disruptive technologies
The RTC becomes an international leader in sustainable mobility. The new Repsol Neotech fuels have been put on the market. They keep your engine in pristine condition while we continue researching ways to improve electric car batteries and work on a prototype direct-injection AutoGas engine that reduces emissions. Furthermore, intense work is carried out on the development of disruptive technologies, which are used, among other things, to generate 100% recyclable asphalts, manufacture polyols from CO2, or use microorganisms to improve field prospecting.
2017 – The combined efforts that researchers and technology experts from Honda
In 2017, Marc Márquez won his fourth MotoGP world championship. The combined efforts that researchers and technology experts from Honda and Repsol have been putting in since 1995 have given rise to the motorcycling team with the best track record in history: 13 individual titles in 500cc and MotoGP. Researchers from the Repsol Technology Center focus on creating the best customized fuels and lubricants by applying state-of-the-art technology. In 2017, they dedicated about 10,000 hours to this project.
After 15 years dedicated to technology research and innovation, the RTC continues working to evolve towards a more efficient and sustainable energy model.