Just two years ago Shell CEO Ben van Beurden was bemoaning the lack of investment opportunities in renewables – how times have changed.

In a hectic last week for the Shell New Energies communications department, the low-carbon technology arm of the Anglo-Dutch oil supermajor put out no less than three announcements, all in the cause of its corporate energy transition.

Shell started on a near-literal high, tying up with Google parent company Alphabet to take the Makani ‘energy kite’– a technology that has been in fine-tuning as part of its Google ‘X’ programme for several years – into the skies in commercial numbers, starting with a first offshore unit being installed off Norway later this year.