BHEL invites EoI for partnering for production of Hydrogen Electrolyser system

The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited Expression of Interest EOI for Partnership (RfP) seeks response from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of Electrolyser System for Hydrogen Production who are meeting the requirements of this RfP and are willing to be associated with BHEL through a License & Technology Collaboration Agreement (TCA) on long term basis to enable BHEL to design, engineer, manufacture, assemble, install, commission, quality control, test, supply, maintain, operate, repair, service, troubleshoot and sell Electrolyser System for Hydrogen Production.

  • Electrolyser system means Electrolyser stack along with its necessary BOPs required for generation of fuel cell grade hydrogen from De-ionized water, such as,  Stack power system, Water management system, Hydrogen processing system,  Cooling system, and Control system etc.

About BHEL:

BHEL is a leading state owned company, wherein Government of India is holding 63.17% of its equity. BHEL is an integrated power plant equipment manufacturer and one of the largest engineering and manufacturing organization in India, catering to the core infrastructure sectors of the Indian economy viz. energy, transportation, heavy  engineering industry, defence, renewable and non-conventional energy. The energy  sector covers generation, transmission and distribution equipment for thermal, gas, hydro, nuclear and solar photo voltaic. 

  • BHEL has been in this business for more than 50 years and BHEL supplied equipment accounts for more than 57% (approx. 180 GW) of the total thermal generating capacity in India. 
  • BHEL is also listed in Indian stock exchanges. BHEL has 16 manufacturing units, 4  power sector regions, 8 service centres  and  15 regional offices besides host of project sites spread all over India and abroad. 
  • BHEL has its footprint in all the inhabited continents with references in 86 countries  including Malaysia, Oman, Iraq, Syria Sudan, Libya, Cyprus, Malta, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, New Zealand etc. with cumulative overseas installed capacity of BHEL manufactured power plants nearing 10,000 MW. The annual turnover of BHEL for  the year 2020-21 was around US$ 2.3 Billion. 
  • The high level of quality & reliability of BHEL products is due to adherence to international standards by acquiring and adapting some of the best technologies from leading companies in the world, together with technologies developed in its own R&D centres.
  • BHEL Corporate R&D, Hyderabad has requisite know-how in end-use application of Hydrogen Economy i.e. for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) technology and has developed and demonstrated PEMFC system upto 5 KW for stationary application and upto 1.25 KW for mobility application.

Scope of Cooperation:

  • BHEL intends to shortlist the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) based on this RfP and to subsequently select a suitable partner for a long term License  & Technology Collaboration Agreement (TCA) for Electrolyser System for Hydrogen Production as per indicative scope of technology licensing at Annexure-1. 
  • BHEL shall receive applications pursuant to this RfPin accordance with the terms set forth herein, as modified, altered, amended and clarified from time to time by BHEL, and all applications shall be submitted in accordance with such terms on or before the date specified in this RfP for submission of applications.
  • Upon receipt of responses against  this RfP, BHEL will review the responses to ascertain suitability of the offer and shortlist Prospective Collaborators for further discussions.
  • Detailed discussions on commercial and other terms and conditions to finalize the License & Technology Collaboration Agreement(TCA) shall be held with shortlisted Prospective Collaborators. 
  • The detailed terms and conditions for such a paid-up license agreement shall be mutually  agreed upon.  
  • Prospective collaborators shall be responsible for sharing necessary know-how & know-why to BHEL for Electrolyser System.
  • Business sharing option, during the initial period of technology assimilation by BHEL may also be considered.

Prequalification requirements (PQR): 

  • The Prospective Collaborator should have at least 3 years of experience of designing, engineering, manufacturing, assembling, testing, supply, installation and commissioning of Electrolyser System, as on the closing date of this RfP. (Suitable/relevant documentary evidence to substantiate the fulfilment of this PQR is to be submitted along with RfP).
  • The Prospective Collaborator should have done system integration & supplied at least one (1) Electrolyser system of capacity 100Nm3/hr Hydrogen or more in last 5 years and the system should have been in successful operation for at least 1000 hours as on the closing date of this RfP. (Requisite performance certificate from  the end client/customer as documentary evidence to substantiate the fulfilment of  this PQR is to be submitted along with RfP)

In case any amendment/ corrigendum is issued to this EoI, it shall be notified only at

Source: BHEL-EOI | Image Credit (representational): Pixabay