Bharat Petroleum Collaborates With BARC To Decrease Dependence On Imports In Green Hydrogen ProductionThe BPCL refinery in Mumbai. (Manoj Patil/Hindustan Times via GettyImages)

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has collaborated with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) to scale-up alkaline electrolyser technology for Green Hydrogen production.

Presently, electrolyser plants are imported. This collaboration is a first of its kind initiative to support the country's commitment to achieve renewable energy targets and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Refineries use large quantities of Hydrogen for desulfurisation to make petrol, diesel and other chemicals. Currently, Hydrogen is made at the Refinery via steam reforming of natural gas, but this results in high CO2 emissions. Therefore, refiners are setting up large scale electrolysers to produce Green Hydrogen from water and decarbonise hydrogen production.

"BPCL is fully committed towards environment protection and ensuring a greener planet. We have been extensively leveraging technology in all our activities. Today, through collaboration with BARC, we intend to scale up Indigenous Alkaline Electrolyser Technology and look forward to commercialising it for large use especially in Refineries. This will be another step towards 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' in our journey for achieving net zero emissions by 2040," said Arun Kumar Singh, CMD of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.

"Bharat Petroleum has plans to expand its portfolio of renewable energy with solar, wind and biofuels thereby reaffirming its commitment towards sustainability and reduction of carbon footprint. Furthermore, the company intends to meet power requirements for new projects in its refineries, primarily from renewable sources," the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas said.

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