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05/11/2018 Press release

Total Joins the Stanford Strategic Energy Alliance

Total has joined the Stanford Strategic Energy Alliance as a founding member to accelerate the Group's innovation effort in key forward-looking areas, such as data science, artificial intelligence, chemistry, robotics, new mobility solutions and smart grids.

Total will organize its current and future research projects with Stanford within the framework of the alliance that includes other corporations: ExxonMobil and Bank of America. The objective is to work on issues that reflect the challenges Total needs to meet in order to become the responsible energy major, supplying affordable, reliable, clean energy to as many people as possible.

"Total has sponsored and conducted joint research with Stanford for more than 10 years. We are joining the Stanford Strategic Energy Alliance to reinforce our momentum in providing a low carbon energy mix and data driven technologies leveraging HPC, AI and deep science with one of the world’s top universities" declared Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Senior Vice President and Group Chief Technology Officer at Total. "This alliance sends a strong signal that Total is committed to work with leaders for shaping a responsible future of energy led by innovation".

"I don’t think there are any problems in the world today that are more important than energy," said Kathryn Moler, vice provost and dean of research at Stanford. "Stanford’s energy research and education portfolio is extensive, but thanks to Total’s support we will be able to extend our work into exciting areas, like application of data sciences and robotics, as well as new ways to tackle carbon management on a global scale."

Already, researchers from Total's core businesses are involved in the program. A number are working directly with research teams at the University's campus in Stanford, California. The collaboration represents an investment of at least $12.5 million over five years.

Projects already under way concern the development of energy management solutions and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies. Another is focusing on the development of very high performance algorithms.

Several more projects will be launched within the next five years, notably involving the implementation of high-performance computing (HPC), fundamental research to improve artificial intelligence algorithms and new CO2 conversion technologies. This program also includes training for Total researchers through co-location with leading global partners.