& Development, Technology Development and
In order to sustain and enhance profitable growth, RIL
aspires to become a developer of leading edge
technologies and continues to be an efficient user of
RIL intends to create world-class physical and intellectual
capabilities, with some of the leading scientists bolstering
its innovation agenda. The Company focuses its attention
to fundamental R&D for sustainability of its business,
advanced technical services, enhancing internal capability
to develop basic engineering packages, and in building
In refining, the focus areas include maximising light olefins
yields from the fluidised catalytic cracker (FCC), improving
propylene recovery in FCC; advanced characterisation of
crude and evaluation of chemicals for desalting; increasing
efficiency and reliability of refinery processes and
enhancing process capabilities in coking technology to
help widen the crude operating window.
In the petrochemicals area, the focus is on providing
technology support to ensure efficient asset utilisation,
development of specialty grades/materials, development
of catalysts /additives for cost reduction, value addition
to by-product streams, and leveraging opportunities at
the chemicals/oil interface.
RIL is involved in some cutting-edge technologies like
fuel cells, carbon fibres, bio-fuels, and gasification of several types of feedstocks. RIL is the sole industry partner
in the New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership
Initiative (NMITLI) project on indigenous Fuel Cell
Some major ongoing/completed projects include:
- Selection of cost effective FCC catalysts and additives
for improved conversion and yields.
- Propylene yield improvements.
- Benzene reduction in refining to promote clean fuel.
- Upgrading of bottom barrel through initiatives such
as carbon black production, reduced conversion etc.
- De-salter operation improvements.
- Computational fluid dynamics for trouble shooting.
- Molecular compositional blending models.
- Polypropylene quality control.
- Polyolefin inorganic precursor technology
- High performance PP homo and copolymers.
- Development of high performance additives for
- Development of clarifiers for PP grades.
- High melt strength PP by post reactor route.
- Superabsorbent polymers.
- Bio-filtration process for effluent water treatment.
- Catalyst for selective dehydrogenation of C11-C14 nparaffins.
- Inhouse development and utilization of additives for
cracker coking passivation.
- Development of oxygen barrier PET for beer
- Productivity enhancement through polymer
- New co-catalyst systems for bottle-grade PET
- Development of anti-pill polyester, elastic polyester,
low melt polyester, low cost flame retardant polyester,
low antimony/antimony free polyester, and super
micro denier polyester staple fiber.
- Development of low cost catalyst, additives and spin
finish for polyester.
- Spinning productivity enhancement.
- Deep cut operation
- Revamption of coker unit and process of pitch.
Creation and protection of intellectual property (IP) for
the Company continues to be an ongoing area of focus.
RIL's portfolio for national and international patents is
increasing in existing as well as new technology areas. As
a part of our business transformation, RIL is adopting and
implementing best in class business processes with stateof-
the-art applications to enhance technical excellence.
RIL aspires to be one of the most innovative companies in
the world. The Reliance Innovation Leadership Centre
designs, develops and deploys programmes in realizing
this vision anchored around this agenda.
The Leading Expert Access Programme (LEAP) created a
hat trick of Nobel Laureates' lectures. Prof Venki
Ramakrishnane delivered the 13th Reliance LEAP lecture
at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL). In the past,
LEAP speakers have included Nobel Laureates Prof Jean
Marie Lehn and Prof Robert Grubbs. LEAP has been
designed to inspire the RIL family through the life, work
and experience of global innovation leaders.
Sustainable growth of any organisation has one important
element- generation, exploitation and management of its
IP. Last year saw a new energy in this domain through the
structuring and institutionalising of the IP thrust area.
The focus of the IP team is to transform the organisation
from being an IP user to an IP creator. RIL's patent portfolio
is on the upswing, both in quality and quantity terms
including protection in overseas markets.