New Delhi: Alok Sharma has joined as Director (Research & Development) at Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), the company said on Wednesday. Prior to his elevation as Director (R&D), he was serving as Executive Director at Centre for High Technology under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG).
Sharma is a post graduate engineer in Chemical Engineering from IIT-Delhi and Graduated from Gujarat University. At his previous role, he played a pivotal role in coordinating refining, petrochemical and alternatives for pan Indian oil and gas industry.
During his career in Indian Oil, his various achievements inter alia include pivotal role in establishing India's first hydrocracker Unit in Gujarat Refinery as well as Hydroprocessing lab and Resid Block at R&D centre. With a visionary approach to catalyse Indian Oil's ambitions in alternative energy, he spearheaded the research and development endeavors in hydrogen, gasification, solar, CO2 capture and energy storage technologies. His achievements include successful development of compact reforming HCNG solutions, co-procession of non-edible oils in refinery, nation's first HCNG trials in Delhi, fuel cell and green hydrogen initiatives besides making critical contributions in carbon capture and ethanol technologies.
Sharma represents the oil and gas sector on various committees of NITI Aayog, MNRE, DST and Bureau of Energy Efficiency. He is also a member of the International Association of Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) and founder member of Hydrogen Association of India (HAI).