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Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) is one of the renowned laboratories of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-New Delhi, India. CSIR-IIP started working in Delhi in September 1960, and later in 1963, it was shifted to Dehradun, as a leading institution devoted to R&D in the Energy and Hydrocarbon Sector. IIP is accredited with ISO 9001: 2015 certification and works in multidisciplinary areas of R&D in hydrocarbons and related industrial processes.

CSIR-IIP has ongoing processes based on Petroleum Refining, Catalysts for the Refining & Separation Process, Solvent Extraction, Adsorption, Membranes, Lubricating Oil Base Stocks Processes, Modified Bitumen and Carbon Materials, Modelling & Simulation, Bioprocessing of Petroleum Streams, Polymers, and Chemicals/Petrochemicals. In addition, the institute has expertise in Process & Product Development, Scale-up, Optimization, Techno-economic Feasibility Studies, Technology Assessment, Energy Audit & Conservation in Chemical Plants, Vehicular Pollution Reduction, and Alternative Fuels in Internal-Combustion (IC) Engines.

CSIR-IIP evolved countless processes and technologies dependent on oil-based commodities and gained by numerous enterprises. The technology-based BIS specification is designed for the assessment of petroleum goods. The institute has also established global tie-ups for contract research and technical services and has filed/granted patents in India and abroad. Likewise, countless research articles have been published in reputed International and National journals. The innovation of Bio-jet Fuel produced using Jatropha oil has been developed and effectively blended for Indian Air Force (IAF) to fly the airplane, August 2018. CSIR-IIP has indeed set up a worldview by building up the "Waste Plastic to Diesel" plant, having an ability to deliver 800 litres diesel from 1 ton of plastic squanders in its grounds, August 2019. The foundation was rewarded with numerous famous and esteemed honors in acknowledgement of greatness in the petrochemical fields.

CSIR-IIP has also played a crucial role to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Institute extended its support and established the Himalayan Centre for Virus Diagnostics (a laboratory for the RTPCR testing) in its campus itself. Also, to provide an inexhaustible supply of oxygen to the hospitals. The institute has developed oxygen enrichment units that can generate up to 500 litres per minute (LRM) of medical-grade oxygen (MO2). A field-deployed MO2 plant is successfully commissioned at Aundh Chest Hospital, Pune on 21st May 2021.


Recent Achievements

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  • Produce 96% pure medical-grade oxygen

  • Capacity to produce 0.2 tons/day of MO2 by Pressure Vaccum Swing Adsorption (PVSA) methodology

  • Successfully set up at Aundh Chest Hospital, Pune on May 21, 2021

 Medical-grade Oxygen (MO2) Plant 

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 COVID-19 Testing Laboratory

  • Established RTPCR COVID-19 testing facility on June 3, 2020 at the record time of seven weeks

  • Capacity to analyze 100-200 samples/day

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 Bio-jet Fuel Plant

  • A single-step catalytic process to produce bio-jet fuels, particularly aviation turbine fuel (ATF)

  • On August 27, 2018, the country's first bio-jet fuel-powered flight of SpiceJet flew between Dehradun and Delhi


Waste Plastic to Diesel Plant

  • A novel process for converting waste plastics to diesel

  • Commissioned on August 27, 2019

  • Capacity to process 1-ton waste plastics into 800 liter diesel

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  • The process involves transesterification of used cooking oil (non-edible oil) to produce fatty acid methyl esters (FAME), a bio-diesel

  • Can treat 50 liters of used cooking oil (UCO) at one time to produce bio-diesel

Bio-diesel Production Plant
(at room temperature)

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