IndianOil's world-class R&D Centre is focused on developing, demonstrating and deploying novel, innovative, environment friendly, customer centric products and process technologies for addressing issues of national importance to attain self reliance in field of energy and allied areas. Apart from carrying out path breaking research in core petroleum activities like Lubricants, Refining, Petrochemicals and Pipeline; IndianOil R&D is pursuing pioneering work in promising & futuristic Alternate Energy segments like Bio-Energy, Solar Energy, Hydrogen, Energy Storage, Battery, CCU Technologies etc.
The state-of-the-art R&D facilities is located on a sprawling 65 acre campus in Faridabad, Haryana on the outskirts of the National Capital. An impressive array of most advanced equipment is available to experienced researchers and scientists round-the-clock.
IndianOil is first to achieve the milestone of 1000 patents filed among Indian Oil & Gas companies. IndianOil has won recognition for decades of pioneering work in fields of lubricants formulation, refinery processes, pipeline transportation/ maintenance and alternative fuel technologies. To further expand its footprint, IndianOil is planning to set up a net-zero power & water neutral research centre confirming to global level, consisting of following high end research centers :
- IndianOil Centre for Alternative & Renewable Energy (I-CARE)
- IndianOil Centre for Corrosion Research
- IndianOil Centre of Excellence in Nanotechnology
- IndianOil Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology
IndianOil with its consistent efforts has now achieved the status of refining technology exporter in a very competitive field, by licensing the INDMAX technology to global customers besides existing units in domestic refineries.
R&D Focus Areas:
- Refining Technologies & Catalysts
- Petrochemicals & Polymers
- Pipeline Maintenance & Inspection
- Fuels & Additives
- Alternate Energy
- IndS_UP StartUp Scheme
Over 1000 grades of lubricants developed by R&D are marketed under the super lubricant brand name "SERVO" encompassing every conceivable application for complete lubrication solutions in the automotive, industrial and marine segments. The centre further act as a solution provider to the rising demand for innovative lubricants to achieve fuel economy & energy efficiency, especially for the Indian Defense Forces by indigenising the specialised products.
IndianOil's R&D Centre has been a pioneer in development and commercialization of indigenous technologies, with capability of supplying up to 70% of refinery's technological requirement. The technology basket of IndianOil has banquet of technologies from gasoline, kerosene and diesel treating processes to value-added award-winning octane enhancement technologies. The magnum-opus bottom up-gradation technology "INDMAX" remains the crown jewel of the technological banquet, having a mega unit of 4.17 MMTPA installed at Paradip refinery of IndianOil. In the year 2018-19 alone, a GRM improvement of 1576 crore was obtained from the indigenously developed technologies. With continuous efforts, a plethora of more promising indigenous technologies are in the pipeline awaiting to be demonstrated and commercialized.
Petrochemicals & Polymers:
IndianOil R&D Centre is engaged in development idigenisation of catalysts, drag reducing agents, additives, packaging materials etc. IndianOil also renders technical support in the field of petrochemical & polymers to enhance product quality & reduce production costs. As an emerging centre of excellence in Ziegler-Natta Catalyst in polymer research, IndianOil R&D has helped standardize its polymer grades and produced new products/grades based on market requirements.
Pipeline Maintenance & Inspection:
R&D has been undertaking pioneering research in the areas of pipeline transportation and development of pipeline inspection tools (an area hitherto dominated by foreign companies) like MFL (magnetic flux leakage) based IPIG technology, gas pipeline inspection tool, advanced sensors for liquid pipeline inspection, Artificial Neural Network based Data analysis software and Integration of Inertial Measurement Unit for obtaining GPS coordinates. Transportation of neat Bio fuel and its blends, compressed Biogas as well as carbon dioxide through cross country pipeline are identified for research work in near future. R&D Centre and Pipeline Division of IOCL are working together to create the in-house operational expertise for large scale deployment of these technologies.
Fuels & Additives
IndianOil R&D Centre works consistently to enhance quality of fuels by incorporating additives to improve engine performance and to reduce environmental impact with improved quality and cost effectiveness. New patented process technologies and novel chemistry additives are developed to improve quality of existing fuels and to produce next generation high performance products as Indane Nanocut, Premium automotive fuels, Marpol 2020 compliant FO for marine applications and special fuels for defense forces.
IndianOil R&D is working for development, deployment and harnessing of different alternative energy sources like Hydrogen Fuel Cell, H-CNG and Solar Energy. IndianOil R&D has developed cost effective single step compact Steam Methane Reforming process for direct HCNG production from NG which is flexible and rugged allowing H-CNG production as per demand, by-passing energy intensive electrolysis process and costly high pressure blending.
IndianOil has setup a Solar Cooker Laboratory to develop solar energy based technologies capable of storing and discharging thermal energy on demand in a cost effective manner for use by rural & semi-urban population.
The GoI through the initiatives taken under Bio-Fuel Policy 2018 has identified Ethanol Blending as a potent solution to stubble burning issue with possibility to increase farmers' income. IOCL has developed new and economical enzymatic pre-treatment process at pilot level using agriculture waste and is now scaling it up in demo plant at Panipat. IOCL R&D is also working on a bio-route to convert the Co2 from refinery flue gases to Ethanol by installing India's first of its kind Co2 to Ethanol production plant at Panipat.
IndianOil has developed a two stage anaerobic processes for converting various types of organic wastes to biogas with ability to produce 15-20% more methane than other contemporary technologies and higher gas yield.
The thrust of Nanotechnology research in IndianOil R&D centre is to develop nano-materials, nanofluids and catalysts for applications in fuels, lubricants, processes & alternate energy segments including energy storage devices. Some of the game changing solutions developed by Centre are nano-dispersions agents for use in fuels and lubricants. Indane Nanocut LPG is a commercialized product developed at R&D, which enhances the efficiency of LPG as cutting gas in terms of high flame temperature, heat through put, low oxygen consumption, reduced cylinder inventory, thereby leading to better economy of use.
R&D Centre is pursuing cutting edge research in the field of advanced battery chemistries to develop India specific energy storage solutions in a cost effective manner using indigenously available materials for development of Metal Air batteries and chemically modified lead acid batteries with improved capacity and life cycle.
IndS_UP StartUp Scheme
R & D Centre has been involved in incubation of projects through the IOCL IndS_UP StartUp Scheme. Under this scheme till date 24 Projects are on boarded in 2 rounds with filing of 11 Joint patents & 6 Copyrights thus generating IP wealth for IOCL. Major areas of funding/ support are artificial intelligence, Robotics, Societal relevance, pipeline surveillance & maintenance etc. Besides funding, IndianOil is being closely involved by handholding the identified StartUPs through dedicated Process Owners till achievement of Proof of Concept.