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Big Oil follows Silicon Valley into backing green energy firms

As it seems that the end could be nearing for the age of oil, global oil majors are now investing in green startups as they scope out alternative methods of survival.

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Major oil companies are joining Silicon Valley in backing energy-technology start-ups, a signal that that those with the deepest pockets in the industry are casting around for a new strategy.

From Royal Dutch Shell Plc to Total SA and Exxon Mobil Corp., the biggest investor-owned oil companies are dribbling money into ventures probing the edge of energy technologies. The investments go beyond wind and solar power into projects that improve electricity grids and brew new fuels from renewable resources.

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