BPCL, BARC join forces to scale up alkaline electrolyzer tech for green H2 production
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has announced that it has joined forces with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) to scale-up alkaline electrolyser technology for green hydrogen production.
Presently, electrolyzer plants are imported. This is a first-of-its-kind initiative to support the country's pledge to accomplish renewable energy targets and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Refineries use large quantities of Hydrogen for de-sulfurization 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 emission. therefore, refiners are setting up large-scale electrolyzers to produce green hydrogen from water and thereby decarbonize Hydrogen production.
Speaking on the occasion, BPCL's Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) Arun Kumar Singh stated, "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 commercializing 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."