Technology Provider

IndianOil's R & D technology investments span the full cycle - from strategic research through technology development to demonstration and deployment. Envisaged to fulfill this aspiration, a technology-marketing arm -- IndianOil Technologies Limited -- the only venture of its kind in the Indian hydrocarbon sector, was launched in 2003 to market the technologies, products and processes developed by the Centre. Marking a major milestone, an agreement was signed in 2006, to deploy -- INDMAX the hallmark refining technology developed by R & D technocrats at IndianOil's upcoming 15 million tonne integrated refinery-cum--petrochemicals complex at Paradip in Orissa, catapulting the Corporation into the league of multinational licensors such as Shell, UOP and Stone & Webster. An agreement was also signed with ABB Lummus Global Inc., USA, for worldwide licencing and marketing of IndianOil's IndMax process technology (for refinery residue upgradation) and revamp applications.

IndianOil and Int ercat of USA have incorporated a joint venture company by the name Indo-Cat Pvt. Ltd. as a 50:50 partnership for manufacture of 10,000 tonnes per annum of FCC (Fluidised Catalytic Cracking) catalysts and additives. A jointly developed catalyst (denoted as IZV series) is now being marketed by Zeolyst International of The Netherlands, as well as IndianOil Technologies Ltd.

With regard to Indalin+ technology for naphtha upgradation, pre-feasibility of a 0.04 million tonne plant for Oil India at Duliajan has been established. IndianOil's Needle Coke technology has also garnered considerable royalty. A notable achievement in the area of optimisation and revamp of various FCC/RFCC units in India has been the Flexi Cracker unit at Hindustan Petroleum Corporation's Mumbai Refinery, from which the Centre earned substantial royalty.


Bio Fuels

Apart from core research in refining technology, lubricants formulation and associated areas like material failure analysis, catalyst development, etc, the R & D Centre is proactive in conducting research in the areas of alternative energy options. It was the first to demonstrate the feasibility of producing Bio-diesel from non-edible oils and to develop quality control methods for it. Several batches of bio-diesel have been produced using karanjia, rice bran, sunflower, palm and jatropha oils. The technology for production of bio-diesel was transferred to IKF Technologies, Kolkata, the second party to opt for this technology. Further work is in progress for developing a continuous process for production of bio-diesel, including a solid catalyst. The Centre also acted as a nodal agency in India for conducting laboratory scale experiments and field trails for introduction of ethanol-blended petrol.


Hydrogen Programme

Centre has been mandated to coordinate research on Hydrogen as an energy carrier. After commissioning India's first experimental Hydrogen-CNG dispensing station in October 2005, it signed MoUs with international agencies like KOGAS, Korea, and New Energy&Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan, for exchange of information in the areas of Hydrogen production, storage, transportation, safety codes/standards, fuel cell development, vehicle performance and emissions data for vehicles running on LNG and H-CNG blend respectively. Currently, IndianOil's Hydrogen programme is exploring how Hydrogen-related technologies and applications can potentially reduce transport emissions and move towards energy security. It is planned to set up a commercial dispensing station by the year 2008.


Thrust Areas

New technologies such as gas-to-liquid and coal/residue/biomass gasification are poised to enter India in a big way. R & D activities are being initiated in these areas to ensure preparedness for technology assimilation.

Realising the importance of coal in the future energy scenario, the R & D programmes of IndianOil are geared to produce economically viable and sustainable energy through coal gasification / liquefaction, gas-to-liquid, nano technology, etc.

Realising the importance of coal in the future energy scenario, the R & D programmes of IndianOil are geared to produce economically viable and sustainable energy through coal gasification / liquefaction, gas-to-liquid, nano technology, etc.
Visitors since February 01, 2012 : 53412987 | Today's Hits : 4484
Copyright © Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. [ Terms of use | Privacy policy | Sitemap ]