Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the operation of the first indigenous alkaline electrolyser, a groundbreaking achievement for India.

Developed collaboratively by BPCL and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), the prototype was showcased to the Prime Minister by  G. Krishnakumar, C&MD of BPCL.

Alkaline water electrolysis, the process through which hydrogen is produced from alkaline water via electrolysis, marks a pivotal advancement in industrial-scale application. The technology demonstrates high cell efficiency and robustness in an alkaline environment.

In line with India’s target to produce 5 million tons of green hydrogen by 2030, BPCL strategically plans a 5 MW Green Hydrogen Plant at Bina Refinery. Additionally, a 500 KW capacity Integrated Hydrogen Refueling Station will be established at CIAL.

This electrolyser underscores BPCL’s commitment to India’s pursuit of Energy Independence through initiatives such as “Aatma Nirbhar Bharat” and “Vocal for Local”. By manufacturing this electrolyser locally, BPCL actively contributes to the nation’s self-sufficiency in the energy sector.

BPCL is showcasing its ongoing efforts in the IEW 2024 Hydrogen Pavilion, highlighting progress in green hydrogen production. This initiative aims to spotlight India’s indigenous capabilities in the hydrogen domain, garnering significant interest from technocrats and industry stakeholders.

About Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL):

Fortune Global 500 Company, Bharat Petroleum is the second largest Indian Oil Marketing Company and one of the integrated energy companies in India, engaged in refining of crude oil and marketing of petroleum products, with presence in the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. The company attained the coveted Maharatna status, joining the club of companies having greater operational & financial autonomy.

Bharat Petroleum’s Refineries at Mumbai, Kochi and Bina have a combined refining capacity of around 35.3 MMTPA. Its marketing infrastructure includes a network of installations, depots, energy stations, aviation service stations and LPG distributors. Its distribution network comprises over 21,000 Energy Stations, over 6,200 LPG distributorships, 525 Lubes distributorships, and 123 POL storage locations, 53 LPG Bottling Plants, 70 Aviation Service Stations, 4 Lube blending plants and 4 cross-country pipelines as on 30.09.2023.

Bharat Petroleum is integrating its strategy, investments, environmental and social ambitions to move towards a sustainable planet. The company has chalked out the plan to offer electric vehicle charging stations at around 7000 energy stations over next 5 years.

With a focus on sustainable solutions, the company is developing an ecosystem and a road-map to become a Net Zero Energy Company by 2040, in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. Bharat Petroleum has been partnering communities by supporting several initiatives connected primarily in the areas of education, water conservation, skill development, health, community development, capacity building and employee volunteering. With ‘Energising Lives’ as its core purpose, Bharat Petroleum’s vision is to be an admired global energy company leveraging talent, innovation & technology.



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