HPCL has collaborated with several academic / research institutions to come up with innovative results enhancing the production capacity and other industrial parameters. The details of the projects (particularly the partners in collaboration) are given below:
The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) , New Delhi: The Project has been named "Screening and selection of efficient microbial strains for bio hydrogen production". An approximate time frame of 24 months has been set for the completion of the project.
Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM) , Visakhapatnam: The projects contemplated with GITAM are as follows:
Effect of Nano-particle inclusion in the lubricating properties of lubricants to be completed within 2 years
Bioremediation: Bio desulphurization of petroleum oil by non- pathogenic micro-organisms slated to be completed within one year
Production of Bioremediation of petroleum oil by non pathogenic microorganisms within a time frame of 1 year
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) , Bangalore: "Society for Innovation and Development" (SID) is an innovation centre of IISc and will collaborate on behalf of IISc with HPCL. The scope of MoU signed between the two parties include the setting up of R&D centre and implementation of various collaborative projects. Currently a project on nanoparticles is being undertaken.
Central Institute for Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR, erstwhile CFRI) , Dhanbad: This project involves the characterization of 3 bottom streams viz. VTB, FCC and PDA bottoms utilizing the pilot plant available at CIMFR. A proposed 100 kg/hr plant is slated for installation. A fully self sufficient Corporate R&D centre is going to be established with the integrated facilities of designing, commissioning supervision, interpretation of data generated development of protocols for operating and testing of the plants.
Research Triangle Institute (RTI) , USA: The project involves collaborative R&D activities between RTI and HPCL, which would cover one or more of the following areas:
Advisory support for the establishment of a catalyst laboratory and its associated development for synthesis and evaluation
Diesel desulphurization including demonstration scale-up, protocols, knowledge transfer and IP access to assist in achieving tight timelines for 2010 quality standards, and
Resid gasification including characterization
Advanced Research Technologies (ART), Chevron & IIT Kanpur : HPCL has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the following organizations.
Advance Refining Technologies LLC (ART)
Chevron USA Inc. and
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur
Optimization studies of food grade Hexane manufacturing unit and feasibility study for producing polymer-grade Hexane (With IIP)
Study was initiated along with IIP during 2004-05 for optimizing the existing Mumbai Refinery Hexane plant operating conditions to explore the possibility of producing WHO and Polymer grade Hexane, which have more stringent quality specifications w.r.t sulfur & benzene content and has got marketing demand.
Test run was conducted jointly with IIP Dehradun , which has confirmed the feasibility to produce WHO grade Hexane of less than 500 ppm aromatics on sustained basis with certain improvement in the scheme.
However meeting of other specifications like PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon) & NVM (Non Volatile Matter) of WHO grade Hexane are still being studied by M/s IIP.
Optimization studies of NMP Lube Extraction Unit (With IIP)
Study was initiated along with IIP during 2004-05 to optimize Mumbai Refinery NMP Lube Extraction Unit operating parameters to obtain specific product quality & thruput maximization. Improvement in colour, sulfur and saturates is also expected by increasing the severity of hydrofining and selection of suitable catalyst. A substantial energy saving is also expected by pinch analysis of heat exchangers in the unit.
Determination of lube potential of 150 N & 500 N is completed. Critical Solution Temperature, LLE single stage studies & Preliminary Glass Packed Column (GPC) runs are also completed. Pinch and Simulation studies were also done. Final report was prepared & submitted. Modifications suggested heat recovery by Pinch analysis will accordingly be implemented through NPCB projects.
Controlled test run was conducted jointly by IIP-HPCL personnel. The test run samples were analyzed by IIP for Physico Chemical Characterization.
Determination of Lube potential, Critical Solution Temperature, LLE single stage studies, and Preliminary Glass Packed Columns & Pinch Simulation studies has been completed and final report has been prepared. The modification suggested will be implemented accordingly.
Membrane Separation Study to recover Propylene from Visakh Refinery Gas Mixture& LPG(With IICT Hyderabad)
Collaborative R&D is in progress with IICT Hyderabad for membrane separation of propylene from LPG. Validation of Membrane and test run with pure gas was done. Test run with gas mixture is being carried out for different membranes. IICT is in process of writing simulation program for determining the number of stages for achieving desired propylene purity and membrane area requirement based on feed capacity and composition of C3 fraction.