The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and OMC (Oil Marketing Company) Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) have partnered to ramp up alkaline electrolyser technology for the production of green hydrogen.
Electrolyser plants are currently imported into the country. This is a first-of-its-kind programme aimed at assisting the country’s efforts to meet renewable energy targets and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
To manufacture petrol, diesel, and other chemicals, refineries utilize significant amounts of hydrogen for de-sulphurization. Currently, hydrogen is produced in refineries by steam reforming natural gas, although this produces a lot of CO2, thus resulting in increased greenhouse gas emissions.
To reduce this egress of CO2, refiners are installing large-scale electrolysers to generate green hydrogen from water and decarbonize hydrogen production.
Arun Kumar Singh, Chairman and Managing Director of BPCL, stated, “We have extensively leveraged technology in all of our activities.”
“Today, we plan to build up Indigenous Alkaline Electrolyser Technology”, he said in conjunction with BARC, and BPCL hopes to commercialize it for large-scale use, particularly in refineries.
In the corporation’s quest to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, this will be another step toward Atmanirbhar Bharat.” Singh added.
Bharat Petroleum intends to diversify its renewable energy portfolio by incorporating solar, wind, and biofuels. In addition, the firm plans to use renewable energy to meet the power needs of new projects in its refineries.
With a combined refining capacity of roughly 35.3 MMTPA, BPCL operates refineries in Mumbai, Kochi, and Bina, Madhya Pradesh, under its subsidiary Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd. It has a network of installations, depots, energy stations, aircraft service stations, and LPG distributors as part of its marketing infrastructure.